Fife Council Backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, runs 1-5 March, and Fife Council is focusing on the advantages to be gained from an apprenticeship - for individuals, employers and the economy.

This year’s theme is ‘Business Backing Talent’, to showcase the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships. Many businesses and other organisations across Fife have already helped many people transform their careers through apprenticeships.

Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation, said: “In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future. It’s never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships.  Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is a time to share the value apprenticeships can bring.

“Businesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. Despite the challenges we are currently facing, we must be optimistic and, as well as responding to the current pandemic, we must also look at the future of the economy and our workforce beyond COVID-19.”

Fife Council Apprenticeships

Fife Council is committed to creating employment and training opportunities for the young people of Fife and is currently recruiting for 35 posts. As a result of this commitment, the council’s Building Services Team is creating 22 Modern Apprentice Trade posts, Fleet Operations is creating four Modern Apprentice Trade posts and the Grounds Maintenance service is creating nine Modern Apprentice posts.

To apply visit www.fife.gov.uk/jobs Applications closing date is Thursday 4 March 2021.

Ross Grieve, Service Manager, said: "These apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity. Whilst they will be expected to work to a high standard, they will be guided and supported by excellent staff with the experience and expertise to ensure that our all apprentices receive the best training opportunities available.”

Apprenticeships have changed significantly over the years and the apprenticeship family has grown and now includes:

Foundation Apprenticeships – helping young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they are still at school.

Modern Apprenticeships – work-based training opportunities for new or existing employees, where individuals can work in paid jobs while working toward a qualification.

Graduate Apprenticeships – providing work-based learning opportunities up to Master’s degree level for employees, combining academic knowledge with skills development to enable participants to become more effective and productive in the workplace.

Pathway Apprenticeship- helping young people to prepare for the world of work. Individuals gain an industry recognised qualification to accelerate their progression and to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in a sector with future opportunities.

For businesses backing talent, who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship, there's more support than ever before.

Fife Council is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the DYW (Fife) team and Fife College to showcase contributions from business, education and young people from across the region.

Follow the Opportunities Fife Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OpportunitiesFife and DYW Fife Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DevelopingYoungWorkforceFife for events and updates.

If you are an employer and would like more information about apprenticeships in Fife please email: info@opportuntitiesfife.org