East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson is supporting the fourth annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 19th to 23rd May, and is calling on businesses to recognise the value of apprentices.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 will see top businesses host recruitment events, business-to-business seminars and back-to-the-floor days for senior management. Last year distinguished companies like British Airways, BT and ScotRail took part, and this year there are more firms than ever participating.
Jo hopes local businesses will look into apprenticeship schemes and the financial support that can be given to train an apprentice.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I have long championed apprenticeships and was delighted to see a number of local businesses take on apprentices following my Get East Dunbartonshire Working initiative. I currently have an apprentice in my constituency office who supports my work as a MP and is training towards a SVQ Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.
“The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of promoting apprenticeships. In Government we have helped create 1.6million new apprenticeships since 2010, giving young people the expertise they need to find work and ensuring that their skills fit with the needs of employers.
“I urge local businesses to consider the value that an apprentice would bring to their workforce. Apprenticeships can bring significant long-term benefits to employers; providing valuable on the job training which strengthens the skills base of the workforce.
“Any readers interested in taking on an apprentice can contact Skills Development Scotland at 0141 285 6207. For further information please visit http://scottishapprenticeshipweek.com/”.