Nine local high schools, including Portree, Plockton and Mallaig are being targeted as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The event runs from March 6-10 and the aim of the  annual campaign is to show that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy.

Developing the Young Workforce West Highland are teaming up with Skills Development Scotland, to visit each of the schools at Portree, Plockton, Gairloch, Ullapool, Kilchuimen, Mallaig, Ardnamurchan, Lochaber and Kinlochleven, during the Week, to help spread the word about the benefits of apprenticeships with school pupils.

A spokesperson said: "We are looking for businesses from the above areas with current apprentices, to come along to a school, so that they can talk about their apprenticeship experience by either an informal chat with pupils or by giving a short presentation, during the school lunch hour. DYW West Highland can provide informal presentation skills to apprentices, prior to visiting schools, if required.

"Why should you get involved? If you're going to be recruiting, it helps for local schools to know your company and what you offer so that they can signpost pupils to you. Letting young people know more about what you have to offer means they'll think of you when it's time to start applying for jobs. It also lets you build stronger relationships with your local schools and promotes the fantastic work that so many companies are currently doing to develop the young workforce in our local area."

All interested businesses are encouraged to get in touch with DYW West Highland, to learn how they can be part of Scottish Apprentice Week, and other planned opportunities such as: work experience and mentoring for young people. Contact them on: 01397 705765 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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