Business Backing Apprenticeship Talent, A conversation with employers Virtual Event

Developing the Young Workforce are working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland to host a national online event for employers

This event will provide employers of all sizes with the latest information about apprenticeships, current funding support and practical advice on how to take on an apprentice – whether a new recruit or upskilling an existing employee.

Apprentice employers will share their experiences of recruiting and supporting apprentices and the range of ways apprenticeships add value to their companies.

  • Find out about the range of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships
  • Discover what support is available to employers to take on an apprentice, including current funding incentives
  • Understand how apprenticeships can improve your productivity and help you win new business
  • Hear about the significant contribution apprentices are making to businesses

The panel will consist of Apprentice employers who will speak at the event and will share their experiences of recruiting and supporting apprentices and the range of ways apprenticeships add value to their company. There will also be two apprentices sitting on the panel.

Please see below brief description of each of the panel members:

Kyle Young, Skills Development Scotland Employer Services Relationship Account Executive

Kyle works proactively with employers to support them in achieving their skills investment & workforce planning objectives. He supports with talent attraction, succession planning, Diagnosing and Understanding their existing and anticipated skills requirements and supporting them in finding solutions through Work based Learning and Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

Janet Menzies, Operations Director, Mage Control

Systems Mage Control Systems is an SME that has tapped into apprenticeships to find talent to support different areas of its engineering business. As an employer of Modern Apprentices the company recently took on Foundation Apprentices to introduce fresh thinking, offer local young people the chance to gain skills for the workplace and develop its own staff. Established as a specialist engineering consultancy in 2016, the company has grown significantly to develop a dedicated team of highly motivated engineers with 60 years of combined experience in adaptive and predictive control system design.

Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty believe investing in apprenticeships is allowing it to construct a pipeline of talent. The multinational infrastructure company currently has 70 apprentices as part of its workforce in Scotland. The business has a track record of apprentices progressing through the company. Two of its Managing Directors are former apprentices. Adhering to a philosophy of developing future experts, Balfour Beatty supports Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices. The company is a member of Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board, using its knowledge and experience of industry to provide guidance in the development of apprenticeships in Scotland. Its investment in work-based learning has led to recognition in this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, where the company is a finalist in the Large Employer of the Year category.

Emma Thursby, Apprentice & Industrial Training Manager, Thales

Thales employs 700 people in Scotland and is the sole supplier of submarine periscopes and optronic masts to the Royal Navy and a centre of excellence for vehicle integration. The organisation has taken on apprentices since the business started 132 years ago and recently underlined its commitment to apprenticeships by recruiting 12 more in September; bringing its total cohort in Scotland to 38. The global technology group uses apprenticeships to up-skill and progress its young people, with former Modern Apprentices progressing on to Graduate Apprenticeships. It has expanded its work with schools to introduce Foundation Apprenticeships so it can find and nurture talent at an earlier age. Thales Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprentice, Samir Khan-Young is a finalist in this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Ailie Henderson, Technology Modern Apprentice, Sky UK

Ailie is now in the second year of her apprenticeship with Sky UK and is thriving in her role as she gains experience across a range of areas in her department to support the business. A member of Scotland’s Apprentice Network, Ailie promotes the benefits of apprenticeships and careers at Sky to young people and employers and acts as a mentor to new apprentices in the business.

To register for the event please use the link below.

Business Backing Apprenticeship Talent, A conversation with employers Tickets, Tue 2 Mar 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

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