Kezia was today an apprentice for the day in a car garage to help promote the benefits of work-based learning.
She worked with Edinburgh College apprentices at Brakesafe in Edinburgh to learn skills such as changing tyres and wheels, changing oil and checking anti-freeze.
Kez made the commitment to be an Apprentice for the Day as part of her support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week, where she helped cook at Maxies Bistro in Edinburgh.
Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Apprentice for the Day highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in skills of their workforce, and the benefits of work-based learning to individuals.
Kezia Dugdale said:
“I am encouraged that so many businesses across Scotland have chosen to invest in the skills of their workforce by taking on apprentices.
“Apprenticeships are a great way into work, and can help people gain front-line and real-world experience. I urge more companies across the country to recognise the benefits of modern apprenticeships.
“We particularly need to smash stereotypes, so that the next generation of workers do not set out on their careers being segregated by gender. That’s one reason I chose to work in a car garage, while also learning how to do something I’ve always wanted to be able to do – change a car tyre.
“Businesses need more support from the Scottish Government to deliver apprenticeships, and we need people in skilled work at all ages, not just young people, so that our workforce is equipped for the jobs of the future.”
Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland, said:
“The Apprentice for the Day challenge is a great opportunity to highlight the important role which work-based learning plays in Scotland’s economy.
“Employers benefit from the programme just as much as the apprentices themselves, as they are able to access and train talent to suit their business needs. There has never been a better time to get involved with apprenticeships.”
Brakesafe owner, Charlie Lamb, has been employing apprentices since the company started 35 years ago and currently employs modern apprentice Robbie Fraser and Kevin Armet, who has just completed his MA.
Charlie Lamb said:
“It’s important companies like us employ apprentices so we don’t lose the vital skills and knowledge needed to keep the industry going. Our apprentices bring fresh ideas and diversity into the business.”
Apprentices are employed across Scotland in a wide range of jobs in sectors including engineering, construction, financial and business services, health and social care, digital technology, tourism and food and drink.
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