Moray apprentices to showcase their role in local business

THE IMPORTANCE OF apprenticeships for employers and young people in Moray are being underlined during the forthcoming Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

From March 6 to 10, six local companies will feature in live video broadcast events as they seek to promote the values and experiences gain in apprenticeships.

Apprentices at Moray firms AJ Engineering and AES Solar in Forres, Bootmalt and 8to8 Dental in Buckie, Elgin-based Earthtime and MJD Systems from Spey Bay will take part in a ‘Facebook Live’ events screened throughout the week.

These will give young people the opportunity to see apprentices at work and post questions directly to them from the comfort of their own phones.

For those unable to watch live, a recording of the broadcast will be posted on the DYW website afterwards for those unable to watch it live.

The Go Live events will be held across the week with apprentices across Moray as follows:

Monday, March 6 – 4pm – AJ Engineering, Forres (Engineering)
Monday, March 6 – 4.30pm – Earthtime, Elgin – (Social Services (children and young people))
Tuesday, March 7 – 4pm – Boortmalt, Buckie (Mechanical Engineering)
Thursday, March 9 – 4pm – MJD Systems, Spey Bay (IT Engineer)
Thursday, March 9 – 6.30pm – 8to8 Dental, Buckie (Dental Nurse)
Friday, March 10 – 4pm – AES Solar, Forres (Warehousing and logistics)

In Moray events across the week will provide opportunities for young people, parents and employers to find out more about apprenticeships and the great career opportunities work based learning can offer.

Employers who wish to know more about apprenticeships or those already involved in Modern Apprenticeships are invited to attend a business breakfast at Moray College UHI between 8am and 9.30am on Wednesday, March 8.

Guest speakers from industry, including A J Engineering and 8to8 Dental and representatives from Skills Development Scotland will be on hand to provide guidance on the different types of apprenticeships available, as well as the benefits to business, the funding available and how the process works.

Places can be secured online for this free event and other events during the week.

This year, in Moray, Scottish Apprenticeship Week is being supported by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray, an industry led board which aims to reduce youth unemployment by creating stronger links between business and education.

Moira Stickle, Manager for Developing Young Workforce Moray said: “This is only an hour or two in a week but it could result in life changing decisions both for the young person and the employer. The Facebook Live event is a new approach but by taking the event directly to the young person we are hoping that this will result in an increased interest.”