Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has been helping to celebrate the third Scottish Apprenticeship week with a visit to East Kilbride and District Engineering Group Training Association Open Day.

Linda said:

“I was delighted to take part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week to acknowledge the hard work and value of Scotland’s apprentices, their trainers and their employers.  The Modern Apprenticeship scheme works so well because the apprentices have jobs while they learn and become part of a team that is intrinsic to the future success of the company they work for.

“We have a wonderful facility for apprentices at the East Kilbride and District Engineering Group Training Association.  I have spoken to apprentices from Scottish Water who have nothing but praise for their trainers in East Kilbride and in turn, Scottish Water are satisfied with the training their apprentices receive in East Kilbride.

“I visited EKGTA’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week Open Day and was able to tour the facilities which include training for Machining, Electrical, Fitting, Fabrication & Welding, Hydraulics & Pneumatics.  I was able to have a go a virtual welding and scored 82% accuracy, which I was quite impressed by!

“The Scottish Government has delivered a record number of apprentices and the Opportunities for All scheme ensures that every 16-19 year old is offered a training or learning opportunity.  This week, the First Minister also announced the ‘Scotland’s Best’ Project as part of the Commonwealth Games 2014 legacy.

“£2.4 million from the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Young Person’s Fund will see 1,000 jobless Scots, aged 16-24, offered a place on a part-time employability programme. Many of the volunteering opportunities will be at sporting and cultural events such as the World Pipe Band Championship, the Gymnastics World Cup and Celtic Connections.

“Participants in the Scotland’s Best programme will gain a qualification at SCQF level 4 meaning it is a fantastic opportunity for young people in East Kilbride to gain valuable skills, experience, qualifications which will help them in the job market.”


Additional information

Picture shows Linda Fabiani MSP trying out virtual welding at the East Kilbride and District Engineering Group Training Association Open Day.

The young people involved in the Scotland’s Best programme will remain eligible to collect benefits as they will be engaged for less than 16 hours a week. Participants travel and subsistence expenses will be supported by the training providers.

The Commonwealth Games Young Person’s Legacy Fund was launched in March 2012, offering £5 million to help 2,500 young people in Scotland the opportunity to gain employment experience.  More information on the Commonwealth Games legacy is here: http://www.legacy2014.co.uk/what-is-legacy/legacy-programmes/flourishing

Scottish Apprenticeship Week gives individuals, employers, providers and stakeholders a chance to showcase apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to Scotland’s businesses and economy. 2013 is the biggest year yet, featuring more than 80 events, with ministers from across the Scottish Government taking part. More information is here: www.sds.co.uk/saw2013

The most recent labour market statistics demonstrated a record rise in employment for Scotland, with youth unemployment dropping 6.4 percentage points in the year to January – March 2013.  More information is here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/05/Employment-15-05-13



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