Clare Adamson MSP has met with joinery Modern Apprentices earning while they learn at New College Lanarkshire.
The convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee visited the Motherwell Campus yesterday for the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019.
She met with Assistant Head of Faculty of Engineering Danny Shearer and Vocational Programmes Manager Andrew Fretwell, before being taken on a tour of the engineering building where she was able to chat with first-year construction apprentices with CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
L-R Pauline Burns of SDS, Danny Shearer, Clare Adamson MSP, Andrew Fretwell
New College Lanarkshire trains almost 900 Modern Apprentices through partnerships with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and a number of commercial contracts.
Ms Adamson, who is a member of the SNP and represents the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, said she was delighted to visit the College as her father, George Pickering, had started his lecturing career at Motherwell College, one of our legacy colleges.
She said: “It’s always a pleasure to visit New College Lanarkshire and particularly this week as the apprenticeship programme and Developing the Young Workforce is so important for future skills and the future economy of Scotland. To see young people engaged in that process is absolutely fantastic.
“What we want to see in Scotland is a parity of esteem between the technical skills that young people are learning through different routes to the workplace and going to university. These are highly trained, highly skilled young people and their contribution should be recognised.”
New College Lanarkshire is hosting a number of activities as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019, which is spearheaded by Skills Development Scotland, and celebrates the benefits that apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.
At our Coatbridge Campus, the College is hosting a three-day Team UK Selection event in conjunction with WorldSkills UK.
The contest will take over the 101 Park Street conference venue and will see students and apprentices from across the UK compete in four disciplines (3D Digital Game Art, IT Network Administration, Mechanical Engineering: CAD, and Web Design) for a much-coveted place at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in August.
The selection event is open to the public and also features interactive ‘have a go’ opportunities for school pupils.
At the College’s Kirkintilloch Campus, meanwhile, the Security Skills Challenge involves around 40 third-year Modern Apprentices in Electronic Fire & Security Systems undertaking a series of skills tests after which four apprentices will be selected to compete at IFSEC International’s Engineers of Tomorrow contest in London in June.
Danny Shearer, Assistant Head of Faculty of Engineering and Automotive, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Ms Adamson to the faculty, and particularly our Carpentry & Joinery section.
“We pride ourselves in providing the best training environment possible for our apprentices and having a visit from the convenor of the Education and Skills Committee allowed us the opportunity to showcase the quality of work that our apprentices produce while attending college.
“Our apprenticeship partnership with CITB is a very import part of our curriculum, and allows us to help train the next generation of construction operatives to support the Scottish Government’s drive to build more affordable homes in Scotland.”
The apprenticeship opportunities offered by New College Lanarkshire range from Foundation Apprenticeships for S5 and S6 school pupils, and pre-Apprenticeship programmes for school-leavers or career changers, to more than a dozen Modern Apprenticeship courses delivered in partnership with almost 200 employers across Lanarkshire and beyond.
We have Modern Apprenticeships in Automotive Studies, Business Administration & IT, Electronic Fire & Security Systems, Dental, Engineering and Welding, Electrical & Electronic, and Life Sciences.
Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes at SDS, said: “Scottish Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a vital means for industry to shape its workforce.
“More and more individuals are recognising the benefits of work-based learning, with opportunities to gain skills in careers for the future.
“Scottish Apprenticeship Week shines a light on the major contribution apprenticeships make across all business sectors and the difference they make to the lives of thousands of people across the country.”
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