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A West Highland Apprenticeship Week, designed to encourage youngsters to consider apprenticeships, will launch on Monday 9 September.

Employer-led talks will be delivered in nine high schools throughout Skye, Lochaber and Wester Ross from Monday 9 to Friday 13.

The events come from the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) West Highland organisation.  They stated: "Throughout 2019, DYW West Highland has launched a series of promotional videos showcasing local success stories of young people who have followed the ‘learn while you earn route.'

"As well as DYW West Highland promoting the benefits of apprenticeships to young people and their influencers, the West Highlands needs more employers to utilise the opportunities of taking on apprentices so that more youngsters can take advantage of them and in return strengthen the local economy.

"Apprenticeships are the key to boosting businesses by bringing in fresh skills and developing a motivated and qualified workforce.

"As the competition for a skilled workforce in Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross increases, apprenticeships allow businesses, large or small, to effectively fill their skill gaps and future plan.

"Gone are the days of apprenticeship frameworks reserved for traditional industries such as construction or hairdressing.

"There are now over 80 modern apprenticeships choices available, ranging from construction to digital media."

The Scottish apprenticeship programme offers flexible options to suit all business needs. There are three different types of apprenticeship: Foundation Apprenticeships provides access to future talent to the workforce by providing school pupils with valuable experience of the world of work, helping them gain a qualification and get a head start in their career.

Modern Apprenticeships allow new or existing employees to work towards an approved qualification whilst in employment.

Graduate Apprenticeships allow your new or existing employees to work towards a degree level qualification whilst in full-time employment.

If you are a business looking at hiring someone new, or to up-skill an existing employee – or you would like to get involved in employer-led employability activities in schools to inspire them to pursue the skills to work within your business. Then get in touch with your local DYW West Highland (with team members based in Fort William, Portree and Wester Ross) to find out more information call 01397 705 0765 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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