Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016 - GEL programme of activities

Scottish Apprenticeship Week (SAW) 2016

29 February to 4 March

“Modern Apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy”.

Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the annual campaign highlights the commitment of businesses who have invested in the skills of their workforce by providing an entry point to employment straight from school. It also showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified to develop their careers. SDS would like businesses, industry, colleges, councils, training providers and those with a shared interest in the success of Modern Apprenticeships to back the week and encourage many more employers to take part in supporting the apprenticeship and early career routes.

After successful SAW events in 2014 and 2015, the GEL group are running a number of events through the week and seek FBS firms able to support. Following last year’s feedback the event has been moved to its new dates to align more closely to recruitment timeframes and the availability of S5 and S6 students.

Our focus this year is on those who influence young people on their decisions and how we can support them to be better informed about opportunities and our industry using some successful tried and tested activities as well as testing some new ones.

Activities are themed around key target groups; Educators, Young People, Parents and Employers.


Teacher Apprenticeship Visits – The visits aim to inform teachers about the apprenticeship experience. Open to teachers interested in visiting a past pupil or apprentice currently working in the sector. Visits can take place at a time suiting the apprentice/company during SAW. Each visit should last around 1hour. Companies/apprentices willing to host a teacher visit should confirm preferred visit date & time, former school & teacher by Thursday 11th February 2016.

Teacher/Careers Guidance Workshop – The workshops aim to inform Teachers and Career Guidance advisors about job roles within the sector, recruitment processes, use of recruitment companies and apprenticeship programmes. We suggest scheduling 2 events. Each event should last around 2 hours.

If your company would like to host a workshop please confirm by Thursday 11th February 2016.

We are also looking for 2/3 employers for each event to share their knowledge, those interested should also confirm by Thursday 11th February 2016

Young People

GEL Insight Programme –. The tours provide young people with an overview of a Financial Services company and the opportunity to see around the office environment. Eight companies will be required with each company providing two 90 minute tours. This will increase the number of regular tours offered in February in support of SAW. Companies willing to host a tour should register their interest, and preferred date by Thursday 11th February 2016.

Tours will take place…

Monday 29th Feb 9.30-13.00

Tuesday 1st Mar

9.30 to 13.00

Wednesday 2nd Mar 9.30 to 13.00

Thursday 3rd Mar 9.30 to 13.00


Recognising parents play a key part in supporting young people with Career Management Skills we would like to explore ways in which the industry can help parents to better understand the expectations and needs of FBS and the opportunities, including apprenticeships, existing within the sector.

The Parent Event will be aimed at parents, already working within the FBS industry, with secondary school children, although primary school parents thinking ahead will be made welcome. During the event parents will learn more about; Career Education 3-18, Senior Phase and Post-School Choices, including Modern & Foundation Apprenticeships, qualification levels and the tools available for use by parents and their children ensuring young people are able to make positive and well-informed choices.

The sector focused Parent Event will equip parent professionals with up-to-date Career Education knowledge ensuring individuals are better informed parents, career event volunteers and school PTA members & networkers.

We are looking for 2/3 employers to support the facilitation of this event. We will also ask companies to share this event with the parent audience within your organisation. Please register your interest to support by Thursday 11th February 2016


Employer “how to event” – The event, open to employers of all sizes, aims to provide information about how to set up an apprenticeship scheme, including information on training providers, qualifications and funding.

We facilitated a similar event back in 2014, subsequently a number of employers implemented an MA programme, and are now recruiting in excess of 25 MA’s.

We are looking for an employer to host the event and 1 or 2 companies willing to share their experience of implementing an MA programme, making use of apprentices to talk through the highs of their MA journey. Please register your interest to supportby Thursday 11th February 2016.


Throughout the week we will sign post teachers, careers guidance, parents and young people to the Internships, Apprenticeships and Work Experience section within the IFSD website. Highlighting the opportunities available across the sector. We hope your organisation can be encouraged, if not participating already, to provide details of your company apprenticeship offer.

Basic details, such as; type of apprenticeship, who the programme is aimed at, entry level requirements, duration, application requirements and a link to your own company website will be required to be uploaded. 

Please get in touch to upload details.

The suggested activities provide opportunities for all types of Finance and Business Services companies from across the IFSD community to participate.

Please ensure interested companies are registered to take part by Thursday 11th February at the latest. Prompt registration will ensure a successful SAW.

To register your companies interest or to discuss any of the activities outlined above please contact Maxine (contact details below)

Let’s make 2016 our best SAW week yet!

Maxine McClintock

Finance & Business Services Project Manager 

Glasgow Economic Leadership

City of Glasgow College 
City Campus Townhead
230 Cathedral Street
G1 2TG

0141 566 1512

m: 07969 813 301