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Modern Apprentices make their mark

Young people who are gaining a foothold in the world of work at Edinburgh are marking their achievements during Scottish Apprenticeships Week (5-9 March).

The Modern Apprenticeships initiative enables young people to earn while they acquire the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career.

The long-term goal of the programme is to help create a skilled workforce that’s ready to face the future.

Real projects

The apprenticeships offer high quality work-based learning that enable young people to learn on the job, working on real projects with experienced colleagues.

Scottish Apprenticeships Week (5-9 March) is a celebration of the benefits that apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.

Modern Apprenticeships at Edinburgh offer excellent opportunities to work in a wide range of areas.

Varied options

These include business administration, landscaping, finance, laboratory work, IT, digital marketing and animal care.

Each Modern Apprentice receives on-the-job training, often alongside study at a Further Education college.

Passionate approach

It is a structured programme which leads to an industry-approved qualification. The Modern Apprentice qualification is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Laura, who’s passionate about cars, is a Modern Apprentice in Mechanical Engineering in the University's School of Informatics. She also spends part of her week at Edinburgh College. 

Laura says she would not hesitate to recommend an apprenticeship at the University to anyone who might be interested.

I feel very involved and supported in my apprenticeship. When I am learning new skills, I enjoy the way that these are shown and explained to me.

LauraModern Apprentice in Mechanical Engineering

Jamie is a Poultry Technician at The Roslin Institute where he is studying for an agricultural qualification through Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) as part of his apprenticeship.  

He says that Modern Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity to develop skills while working with great teams.

You work on unique projects. I love working with animals and the chance to do so at the Roslin Institute is too good an opportunity to pass up.

JamiePoultry Technician at The Roslin Institute

Youth Talent

The University also offers work experience to high school pupils so they can learn directly about the world of work. 

The Youth Employment Initiatives are part of the University's commitment to developing a strong and vibrant community of staff who are supported, valued, developed and engaged.

Future success

Professor Jane Norman, Vice-Principal People and Culture, says giving individuals the platform they need to excel is critical to the University's long-term success.

Edinburgh's involvement also helps the University to make a vital contribution to its local community, Professor Norman says.

Related links

Modern Apprenticeships

Youth & Student Employment

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018