We’re celebrating our talented apprentices for Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

1-5 March 2021 is Modern Apprenticeship Week Scotland. It’s is a time to share and celebrate the value that apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

This year’s theme is “Business Backing Talent”, showcasing the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships.

Over the past year we’ve all had to adapt to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have had to be particularly innovative to help apprentices continue to learn, achieve and progress. They’ve worked hard to develop new and safe ways to recruit and train, in pursuing their commitment to backing talent.

There’s more support from Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to help individuals have the chance of an apprenticeship and for businesses to benefit from employing apprentices, upskilling their workforces and planning for the future.

In East Ayrshire Council, our Employabilty Teams are dedicated to joining the dots. Recruiting, finding and giving ongoing support to appropriate placements for our talented people both within the Council and with local employers.

Our Training Officers liaise between businesses and their apprentices to find the best fit, assessing training needs, and filling skills gaps to allow businesses to thrive and grow their workforce with highly skilled teams.

This week we’re sharing the stories of Amy and Erin, two talented people who chose Modern Apprenticeships as the route to gain nationally recognised qualifications and skills and have now gone on to find permanent jobs with excellent prospects as a result. They are both delighted with the way that the system worked for them.


 Amy works with East Ayrshire Council. She started her Apprenticeship, working in Planning and Economic Development. During her time there she also gained work experience in Business Gateway, before finding a permanent job with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. See Amy’s story


Erin is employed by Worksmart Contracts and says doing a Modern Apprenticeship gave her knowledge and skills she’d never anticipated, and the flexibility offered by the programme meant it fitted in well with working full time. Having gained a SVQ Level 2, She is looking forward to progressing to the next level with her qualifications. See Erin’s story

For potential Modern Apprentices

East Ayrshire Council has a large number of Business Administration Level 2 Modern Apprenticeships available. Departments will be recruiting throughout the year. If you are interested please check out myjobscotland for all vacancies.

For employers

Our Employability Service has places on our SDS Contract for the delivery of Business Administration level 2. If you are thinking of starting a Business Administration Modern Apprentice, or already have a member of staff who you would like to up-skill with a SVQ qualification please contact us. We can deliver their qualification free of charge as long as they fit the Skills Development Scotland criteria.

We also offer other forms of training and recruitment funding support which we can tailor to your business needs. If you are interested and would like further information please email us or call 01563 503000.


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