The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices show off their new skills

South Ayrshire Modern Apprentices have been showing off their skills during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

All Modern Apprentices joined in, with people getting a real insight into the lives of the apprentices as they followed their daily blog on the Council’s website.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson was shadowed by Modern Apprentice Craig McBlain during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.]

Councillor Robin Reid, Resource and Performance Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “Funding comes to the Council through Skills Development Scotland to provide a range of modern and craft apprenticeships. These apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification through learning at work.

“We are proud of the way in which our modern apprentices apply themselves to learning practical skills and attaining qualifications. They make a real contribution to the Council and help deliver services to the residents across South Ayrshire.

“The qualification they gain on successful completion of their apprenticeship is a strong foundation for their future career, and I wish them all well wherever their profession takes them in the future.”

Activities in and around Scottish Apprenticeship Week carried out by South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices included:

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council executive director of corporate services Eileen Howat was shadowed by Modern Apprentice Lisa McKeown during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.]

* Staff and pupils at Southcraig Campus were thrilled with the work carried out by Amenity Horticulture Apprentices to spruce up their Sensory Garden.
* Craft Apprentices helped out with a series of repairs at Carrick Campus in Maybole.
* Administration Apprentices got to see behind the scenes at the recent local authority elections by helping to process postal votes. 
* Greenkeeping Apprentices took to the links at Troon Golf to help repair damaged drainage on the fairways.
* Three Apprentices took a day out of their normal work schedule to shadow the Chief Executive and Executive Directors.
* Apprentices welcomed senior school pupils to shadow them in their jobs to experience a day in the life of a Modern Apprentice
* A Care Apprentice learned more about safe moving and handling techniques when she shadowed the Council’s Moving and Handling Advisor at South Lodge Care Home.
* Ayr Grammar Primary School welcomed Apprentices to their World of Work assemblies to let pupils hear about the diverse roles they perform.
* Apprentices worked with the catering team in the canteen at County Buildings.
* Two of the South Ayrshire Council apprentices gained valuable interview experience by participating in mock interviews on a Recruitment and Selection course for managers.
* Greenkeeping Modern Apprentices designed an interactive webpage for  colleagues from across the globe to share information and ideas.

The Council currently has Modern Apprentices within administration, customer services, land-based industries such as horticulture and greenkeeping, health and social care and construction trades. New opportunities are advertised in the local job centres and on the South Ayrshire Council website as they arise.

South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson said: “I was very impressed with the professional and enthusiastic way in which the Modern Apprentice who shadowed me embraced the experience. It was great to hear about his experiences within the Council and listen to his  views on a wide range of topics. He accompanied me to many things including a meeting with COSLA and one with the Scottish Youth Parliament Elections Commission.”

Modern Apprentices are recruited throughout the year, with times varying depending on the type of apprenticeship.  For more information about how to become a Modern Apprentice in South Ayrshire log on to

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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