Lucy’s in business through her Foundation Apprenticeship

Teenager Lucy Gallagher got the chance to get her foot in the door at a world-leading technology firm thanks to her Foundation Apprenticeship. Now, more doors are opening for the 17-year-old pupil at St Ambrose...

Work-based learning unlocking potential in young people

Frank Mitchell (Chair, Skills Development Scotland) Two years ago, Deputy First Minister John Swinney underlined his commitment to provide up to 5,000 new Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities available in schools by the end of 2019. The ambition...

New national network of apprentices

Pupils in every high school across Scotland will benefit from a new national network of apprentices. The network will help inspire future generations to benefit from apprenticeship opportunities. Scotland’s Apprentice Network is open to current and...

Apprenticeships are the key to unlocking future talent

Uncertainty over recruitment is one of the biggest challenges facing employers in Scotland as the UK prepares for departure from the European Union. But there are practical steps businesses can take to bolster the...

Annual Scottish Business Address celebrates best of Scottish business

The much-anticipated Annual Scottish Business Address brought together Scotland’s biggest influencers and innovators from business, politics, media and civic Scotland. Sponsored by Heathrow Airport and CGI, the annual celebration showcased the best of Scottish business...

Opening doors at Virgin Trains

At Virgin Trains, we’ve been actively recruiting people from prison since 2013. We wanted to explore what sort of additional talent we could access by opening the doors to people with convictions. We started with...

Chris McConkey’s inspiring journey and motivations

I’m in an amazing job, working as an engineer in Virgin Trains’ Bounds Green depot. I work with some great people who I’m learning a lot from and I have the opportunity to progress...

Spotlight on Scotland

‘Scotland is Now’ will put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets to a global audience. Launching simultaneously on 11th April in North America, London and China, ‘Scotland is Now’ is...

There is no waiting. #SCOTLANDISNOW

On my travels, I will never tire of seeing the surprise and wonderment that comes with tales of our pioneering past and present, our multi-cultural and inclusive society, our world-class academic institutions, the beauty...

Apprenticeship boost for Scottish economy

More than 4000 new apprenticeship opportunities this year will help boost Scotland’s economy and give young people a head-start in their careers. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is supporting around 3200 Foundation Apprenticeships for pupils and...
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