Thursday, 6 June 2013
South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices in harmony with Southcraig pupils
South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices showcased their skills at Southcraig Campus in Ayr during Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Apprentice Week recently.
[Pictured: Councillors, students, staff, modern apprentices and invited guests all celebrated Modern Apprentice Week at Southcraig Campus.]
The national campaign raised the profile of Modern Apprentices amongst employers and the public, making them more aware of the opportunities available to apprentices.
Councillor Robin Reid, Resources and Performance Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “Modern Apprenticeships offer people over 16 years of age the chance of paid employment, combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at different levels. They are a way of young people gaining skills and nationally recognised qualifications to help kickstart a career without having to study full time. Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries.
“The experiences that the Modern Apprentices gained during their time at the Southcraig Campus, working with the pupils and staff there, is something that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.”
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. The Council currently offers placements in administration, customer service, land based industries such as horticulture and greenkeeping, health and social care and construction trades.
The Council’s Modern Apprentices worked in partnership with Southcraig Campus to deliver a Modern Apprenticeship/Southcraig Challenge week. Pupils undertook a challenge by completing an activity they have never done before. The Modern Apprentices worked with the pupils to facilitate their chosen challenges.
Lorraine Stobie, Head Teacher at Southcraig Campus said: “The Modern Apprentices and our pupils had a great time working together on a range of projects. It was a win win situation, with everyone learning new skills and how to make a real difference to the lives of others.
“The fundraising and sponsorship events were a great success and all the monies are being donated by the pupils and Modern Apprentices to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the nominated charity for Southcraig.”
Speaking about her experience at Southcraig Lauren McCormick, Business and Administration Modern Apprentice said: “Taking part in Modern Apprentice Week has been a great experience. I’ve worked with some great people and it’s been a nice change from what I usually do in Burns House. The variety of opportunities was fantastic and I got involved with lots of different things. I’ve had a brilliant week and it’s been great to work with the pupils and staff at South Craig.”
The pupils enjoyed the week too Calvin Nilsen said: “It was a great experience.”
Darran Wallace said about his visit to the Citadel with a Modern Apprentice: “They had a secret room with a massage chair and I think we should have one at Southcraig.”
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 our website as they arise.
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 www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/modernapprentices
The same week Amenity Horticulture and Highways Maintenance Modern Apprentices were tasked with working with pupils from Ayr Grammar Primary School.
The apprentices constructed cleared an area of ground in the secret garden and erected a greenhouse, which was bought by the school, and installed a rainwater collection butt. Raised flower beds, which will enable the pupils to plant flowers and vegetables, are also being installed by the apprentices.
Duncan McCluskie Amenity Horticulture Modern Apprentice said: “I found the whole experience very challenging. We built a greenhouse for the pupils at Ayr Grammar Primary. None of the us had ever done anything like this before and it was a real challenge. We learned through the process the value of work as a team. The team of Modern Apprentices feel that they rose to the challenge and I hope that it provides the pupils with a resource that will grow imagination and inspiration as well as plants.”
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