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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

DYW Outer Hebrides is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, to demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, with the aim to demonstrate how businesses in the Outer Hebrides benefit when they back talent through apprenticeships. Businesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. While local businesses taking on apprentices have developed new and safe ways to recruit in their commitment to backing talent.

The week highlights the range of support available to employers to help them take on an apprentice and opportunities for individuals to progress through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships. Scottish Apprenticeships support the Young Person's Guarantee, introduced by Scottish Government to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.

For businesses backing talent who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship there's more support than ever before. The Apprentice Employer Grant provides up to £5000 to recruit an apprentice, there’s additional funding to take on a redundant apprentice through Adopt an Apprentice and Pathway Apprenticeships are available for school leavers not in a job or education to gain work-based learning and qualifications in sectors with skills needs.

In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future.

Find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships and the support available to get involved at

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