Apprentices sought for Glasgow competition

BUSINESSES across Glasgow are being invited to register for the Glasgow Apprenticeship Challenge 2019.

Set by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, the challenge calls for local companies to enter a team of two or more apprentices who will plan and undertake a project aimed at benefitting the local communities in which they operate.

The competition intends to showcase the quality of apprentices employed in Glasgow and the level of training offered by businesses and organisations across the city. It is open to firms of all sizes in Glasgow with employees following a Foundation, Modern or Graduate level Apprenticeship framework.

Last year, two Arnold Clark apprentices were crowned as the overall winners of the 2018 Glasgow Apprenticeship Challenge. Louise Kane and Darren McCaign designed an interactive STEM-based project for their local partner school, Abercorn Secondary in Cowcaddens.

BAE Systems, Scottish Qualifications Authority and the McTaggart Construction Group are among the Glasgow employers said to have already signed-up for this year’s challenge.

Alison McRae, senior director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said, “We would urge all Glasgow businesses that employ apprentices to consider getting involved in this year’s Apprenticeship Challenge.

“The project offers many benefits to apprentices and employers alike and is a great way of making a positive contribution to local communities, gaining key skills along the way.

“We want to showcase the amount of talent in Glasgow through the challenge and demonstrate the numerous benefits apprenticeships can offer employers and young people.”

Businesses can now enter free of charge via a quick registration form, with projects carried out by the apprentices between 31 May and 27 September submitted to a showcase event in November.

The deadline for employers to register is 31 May. For more information, visit the DYW website here.