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Future looks bright for Modern Apprentices

A second cohort of Modern Apprentices has started work at the University.

Some 25 new staff will begin working in a range of roles across campus.

Modern Apprentices 2018
Modern Apprentices 2018

These include posts as landscape gardeners, digital application support assistants, business administrators and lab technicians.

Pilot year

Last year 19 young people started Modern Apprenticeships at Edinburgh as part of a pilot year.

Each has received on-the-job training – sometimes with study at College – as part of a structured programme that leads to an industry-approved qualification.

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

Skilled workforce

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

An induction event was held on Monday with the support of HR Resourcing and colleagues from across the University.

The Resourcing team will also provide further training sessions throughout the coming year.

Training sessions

Topics will include communication skills, financial planning, assertiveness skills and presentation training.

A number of areas of the University have opted to hire a MA for different reasons, for example to fill skills gaps and to aid succession planning.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has taken the programme a step further, hiring Modern Apprentices as a business priority. 

The College ring-fenced salary funding for two years to encourage initial engagement from its Schools. 

We are keen to support our local community. By offering a coordinated College approach to hiring, in collaboration with central HR, we have been able to offer employment to 11 young people this year.

Sarah AdamHead of HR, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

To get involved in 2019, or find out more about Modern Apprenticeships, see the HR webpages.