High schools set for inaugural apprenticeship week

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Developing the Young Workforce West Highland will launch its inaugural West Highland Apprenticeship Week throughout all nine high schools in Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross this month.

In collaboration with partners from Skills Development Scotland and West Highland College, the aim is to have employer-led talks to inspire young people to focus on the ‘earn while you learn’ route as a credible career path.

A DYW spokesperson said: ‘Apprenticeships are key to boosting businesses by bringing in fresh skills and developing a motivated and qualified workforce. As the competition for a skilled workforce in Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross increases, apprenticeships allow businesses, large or small, to fill their skill gaps and future plan. Gone are the days of apprenticeship frameworks reserved for traditional industries such as construction or hairdressing.’

Working with schools, partner agencies, employers, parents, carers and young people, DYW West Highland’s goal is to bridge the gap between learning and working to allow each respective group to engage with one another, fostering a culture of collaboration through a variety of opportunities.

Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday September 9 to Friday September 13.

Businesses wishing to get involved in activities in schools should contact the DYW West Highland teams in Fort William, Portree and Wester Ross.

DYW West Highland is backed by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce.