Aberlour has been celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week – the annual campaign to encourage employers to take on apprentices and more young people to consider an apprenticeship.

The unique Aberlour Futures service provides an SQA-accredited training and assessment centre for people who want to work in early learning and childcare. A number of young people are currently training with Aberlour and undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in their local nurseries.

They were visited by Kevin Stewart MSP and Gillian Martin MSP.

With over 25 years’ experience of delivering vocational qualifications and training, Aberlour Futures – Aberdeen City & Shire partner with local childcare employers so that staff can acquire new skills and knowledge.

Susan Greig, Assistant Service Manager said: “Developing the young workforce through our Modern Apprenticeship Programme is the most rewarding aspect of our SQA Accredited Centre. Our aim is to help young people develop their professional knowledge and skills to enable them to play their part in delivering high quality early learning and childcare to ensure children get the best start in life.”

Hoodles

Michelle McCagh (Hoodles Manager) Susan Greig (Assistant Service Manager, Aberlour Futures) Alison Mitchell (Assessor, Aberlour Futures) Charlie Simpson (Modern Apprentice) Caitlyn Bowie (Modern Apprentice) Katie Matthew (Modern Apprentice) Gillian Martin (MSP) Gordon Macdougall (SDS)

With growth in Modern Apprentice opportunities across Scotland, Skills Development Scotland state that apprenticeships and work-based learning provide the skills needed for a successful Scotland.

Earlier in the week, Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance Economy and Work said: “I was particularly keen to hear about students can be both earning and learning so that’s great for retention and in terms of the skills they are building, their professional accreditation leading to employment so really excited to be part of that. A wonderful opportunity for young people and indeed all people as we build the skills for Scotland”.

Bright-Horizons

Declan Hoskins (Modern Apprentice) Susan Greig (Assistant Service Employability Manager, Aberlour Futures) Alison Mitchell (Assessor, Aberlour Futures) Kevin Stewart (MSP)