Scottish Apprenticeship Week gets off to a flying start

Scottish Apprenticeship Week kicked off last Friday in the week that four of our second-year aircraft engineering apprentices were announced as winners in the Young Innovators Challenge 2014!

The Young Innovators Challenge invited Scotland’s students to submit ideas which address problems related to healthcare and wellbeing, green and sustainable energy resources, or smarter communities and infrastructure. Ayrshire College students Martin Gemmell, Christopher Leitch, Conor MacKellar and Ross Wallace developed their innovation using skills they have learnt as apprentices and you can read more about their success on our website. Watch out for a blog later in the week to find out more about what being an apprentice and winning this award means to them.

We are proud of all of our students’ achievements and celebrate these throughout the year. Next month we will be holding ceremonies in Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock to celebrate the hard work and successes of this year’s students. For a flavour of these success stories read the latest editions of our CONNECT magazine and The Student Voice.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week demonstrates the value that apprentices add to businesses. It shows young people, and those who influence their choices, that apprenticeships make good career choices. Ayrshire College brings employers and education together to make sure that the skills young people leave college with are those that industry needs. We work with small, medium and large companies to develop their workforce through apprenticeships. This year the College will support up to 900 Modern Apprentices continue or start their training with employers in sectors like engineering, hospitality, construction, care, hairdressing and motor vehicle maintenance.

This week our apprentices take centre stage and we will highlight the contribution that these students are already making to their workplace, the College and the wider community. You can hear about some of these in the videos on our website. Each of the businesses in these videos believes in the importance of their employees achieving vocational qualifications through a combination of college based learning and on-the-job experience. The young people demonstrate why apprenticeships are so important to them. More videos of apprentices supported by the College are available in the Modern Apprenticeships section on our website.

These are exciting times for students at Ayrshire College, and for the employers and communities we support. A wide range of full-time courses is available from August, including new courses introduced in response to demand from local employers. College facilities will be upgraded over the summer so that students continue to study industry relevant courses using industry standard resources in environments that mirror the relevant industry sector.

Check our website regularly and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube to keep up to date on the latest developments at the College.

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