McArthur marks Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2022

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has marked the start of Scottish Apprenticeships Week 2022 on a visit to meet apprentices currently working at Highland Park Distillery from local electrician firm RS Merrimans'.

Scottish Apprenticeships Week, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, shines a light on the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting people, employers and the economy.

There are around 43,000 apprentices in Scotland involving more than 12,000 employers.  Research from these employers has shown that apprenticeships have significantly increased productivity and improved staff morale and retention.

Commenting after the visit, Mr McArthur said:

"It was great to meet Ryan, one of RS Merrimans' apprentices, who is currently working hard at Highland Park Distillery.  His experience of the scheme has clearly been very positive and shows the benefits of providing opportunities for work-based learning alongside college studies.

"Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to develop our workforce for the future.  They are a great way to get into the world of work, particularly for young people, and offer employers significant benefits too.  I was encouraged to hear, therefore, that interest in apprenticeships, both amongst school leavers and local businesses, is on the increase.

"As we seek to build a fairer, greener economic recovery from the pandemic, it is important that we commit to an even wider range of apprenticeships which will be critical for building a high-skilled economy.  I would encourage anyone interested in trying out an apprenticeship to get in touch with the local Skills Development team who can help find a pathway for you."

Skills Development Scotland Chair and Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board Co-Chair Frank Mitchell said:

"When it comes to supporting sustainable skills through workforce development or providing opportunities for young people, we know that apprenticeships work.

"The combination of commitment from employers and the backing of Scottish Government will ensure apprenticeships work for everyone, making a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery and productivity growth."

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