The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Funding more apprenticeships in South Ayrshire

Thanks to funding being provided by South Ayrshire Council, electrical contractors who want to recruit apprentices in South Ayrshire can apply for a £2,000 wage incentive grant, for each of the three stages of the apprenticeship.


[Pictured left to right: Jim Bennet (Head of Learning & Teaching Skills) Gavin Murray (Director of STEM - Science Technology Engineering Material), Apprentice David Cowan, Apprentice Declan Taylor, Craig Johnston (SECTT- Training Office Electrical), Apprentice James McTaggart, Apprentice Blair Abercrombie, John McKissock (Vice President of Select), Ewan Granger (Curriculum Leader - Electrical Intallation & Construction Wind Turbine Technology).]
  
Funding is available for up to 20 new apprentice training places, and is offered in partnership with Ayrshire College, who will train the apprentices, SELECT (Scotland’s Trade Association for the Electrical Industry), and SECTT (Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust). Interested employers can access the funding by reserving a place with SECTT.

Eileen Howat, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council said: “Working in partnership with Ayrshire College, SELECT and SECTT we are helping young people, who aspire to be an electrician, to realise their dream. 

“This additional funding builds on the ten places that were funded in 2013, when we established an electrical apprentice training fund. These apprentices have almost completed the first year of their course, attending Ayrshire College Ayr Campus, and will continue their training in the workplace with their employer while attending the college.

”We are committed to encouraging young people to enter the world of work and to gain recognised training and qualifications that will support them in their chosen career.”

Jim Bennett, Ayrshire College Head of Learning and Skills, Construction Technology and Trades said: “This is a great example of how partnership working can make a real difference within the local community. This funding provided by South Ayrshire Council will support our local employers whilst securing the opportunity of modern apprenticeships for 20 people living within South Ayrshire. The electrical apprenticeship provides an excellent career opportunity within a dynamic and diverse industry with further progression opportunities onto HNC and Degree levels of study. I would encourage local employers looking to expand to take full advantage of this funding by applying to SECTT.”   

John McKissock Chairperson of SELECT said “The economic downturn led to a reduction in the number of apprentices that were being recruited and trained, and I was concerned that this would create a skills shortage affecting the industry in years to come. Improving youth employment opportunities and creating funding opportunities for local contractors were also important factors in my decision to promote the need for this funding. As a local contactor myself, I know that securing £2,000 of training grants for each apprentice each year is a great incentive for local firms to get involved.

“I am delighted to see the first beneficiaries of this programme complete their first year, and look forward to seeing them progress as they return to the workplace to build on the skills they have learned at college. I have been really impressed with the work of SELECT, SECTT, South Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire College.” 

Anne Galbraith, Chief Executive of SECTT said: “SECTT are delighted to be working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council. The Electrical Modern Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for both employers and apprentices. This additional funding goes a long way to support employers and the Scottish Government Youth Employment strategy. These high value apprenticeships contribute to the local economy and the Scottish economy.”

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


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