Kez has called on more Edinburgh employers to take on apprentices.
She lent her support to Scottish Apprenticeship Week as she visited Maxies Bistro in the capital to learn more about the importance of apprenticeships to individuals, businesses and the economy.
The campaign, organised by Skills Development Scotland, this year has the theme ‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.
Kezia Dugdale said:
“I commend businesses across Edinburgh which have chosen to invest in the skills of their workforce by taking on apprentices. Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a great initiative that I’m delighted to support.
“Apprenticeships are a great way into work for people and it’s encouraging that so many young people are gaining front-line experience and real-world experience. I urge more firms across the capital to recognise the benefits of modern apprenticeships.
“However, businesses also need support from the Scottish Government to deliver them, and we need people in skilled jobs at all ages, including those looking to retrain or return to work.
“It’s also important that the next generation of workers do not set out on their careers being segregated by gender, and there is clearly more work to do to ensure that inequality is not hardwired into the future workforce.”
Grant McDougall, Skills Development Scotland head of operations for the south east said:
“Across the area, many employers, young people and their parents are backing apprenticeships.
“Apprenticeships and work-based learning boost productivity, service quality and staff morale.
“There’s no better time to find out about how apprenticeships could bring benefits to your business, or about the career pathways they can provide to young people.”
Norman MacLeod, co-owner of Maxies Bistro on Johnston Terrace, said:
“Apprenticeships are helpful for the growth of businesses and for those learning life-skills. It’s great to look back and see how many chefs I have trained. It’s hard work but it’s really worth it.”
Dannielle Anderson, who is on an apprenticeship at Maxies Bistro and is now a head chef, said:
“Norman has given me a lot of support, and I really enjoy being part of the team here. I hope more companies consider taking on apprenticeships.”
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices. The campaign theme for 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.
Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce. Find out more about apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.scot