A major North-east employer has taken part in Learning Through Work Week as part of a Scotland-wide initiative by Skills Development Scotland.
Staff from Score (Europe) Limited were invited to give presentations to groups of third and fourth year pupils in local secondary schools as part of the initiative.
Score (Europe) Limited was last year awarded large employer of the year by SDS for a second time and has offered apprenticeships in the North-east for over 25 years.
Presentations were held at Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Mintlaw academies during the week.
The focus of the initiative was to raise awareness of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers and the partnership working between SDS and local employers.
The sessions covered the wide variety of employment opportunities available at Score (Europe) Limited and a specific focus on Modern Apprenticeships.
The merits of “learning through work” and “earning while you learn” were discussed. For some pupils continued study in fifth or sixth year is necessary to enhance entry qualifications for college or university. Alternatively, Modern Apprenticeships can allow pupils to continue in education whilst also earning.
Entry to modern apprenticeships can be achieved with success at National 4 and 5. Apprentices also benefit from gaining valuable work experience and academic qualifications as part of the apprenticeship including National Certificate and Higher National Certificate qualifications.
Commenting, Steven Wilson, Training Manager, Score (Europe) Limited said: “We are delighted to support SDS and the local schools during this initiative.
“We appreciate the value of ‘earning while you learn’. University places are at a premium and the cost of supporting yourself through college or university continues to climb. It is clear the Modern Apprenticeship presents a terrific opportunity to local school leavers.”
Conrad Ritchie, Managing Director, Score (Europe) Limited commented: “We are one of the largest employers in Aberdeenshire and remain committed to Modern Apprenticeships and continue to support education and employment in the north east.”