Apprentices and employers from across Scotland have been named as finalists in this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, delivered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Now in its 18th year, the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards bring together apprentices, employers and learning providers to celebrate the contributions apprenticeships make to the economy.

All 26 finalists will be travelling to the Awards, which are on 7 November in Dundee’s Caird Hall, when the winners will be revealed. One will be named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Finalists in the apprentice categories of the Awards come from Airdrie, Arbroath, Buckie, Dundee, Dunfermline, Forres, Glasgow, Glenrothes, Irvine, Kirkcaldy, Livingston, Newtown St Boswells, Peterhead, Prestwick, Stewarton and Tranent.

Companies in the employer categories of the Awards are based in Auchinleck, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Roslin, Stevenston and Stirling.

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn said: “More and more individuals and employers across Scotland are seeing the benefits of apprenticeships.

“We are delivering more apprenticeships in Scotland than ever before with a record 28,191 starts in 2018/19 and over a quarter of a million Modern and Graduate Apprentices across this administration.

“The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the commitment of employers to developing their workforce.

“This year saw a record-breaking number of award nominations reflecting the growing number of apprentices and employers who are investing in their future through work-based learning.”

SDS’s director of national training programmes Katie Hutton said: “Across Scotland apprenticeships are changing peoples’ lives and helping businesses to grow. Learning about the skills and commitment of our apprentice and employer finalists has been impressive and inspiring.”

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