Laying foundation for apprenticeships

20151012- Angus Shared Apprentice Programme'Left to right- Karen Murray, Gemma Nicoll, Craig Bruce, councillor Donald Morrison, Kevin Dickson, apprentices Ryan Kennedy and Harry Welsh, councillor Paul Valentine and Kevin Murphy. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

20151012- Angus Shared Apprentice Programme'Left to right- Karen Murray, Gemma Nicoll, Craig Bruce, councillor Donald Morrison, Kevin Dickson, apprentices Ryan Kennedy and Harry Welsh, councillor Paul Valentine and Kevin Murphy. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

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More construction apprenticeships in Angus will be available thanks to a new scheme launched in Forfar on Monday.

As the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, the Angus Shared Apprentice Programme (ASAP) allows construction apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers to gain the skill sets they require as they train to become qualified.

ASAP is a collaborative company being delivered by Angus Council, Dundee and Angus College, Construction Industry Training Board (CiTB), local employers and is supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It gives more companies the opportunity to offer apprenticeship places by sharing the apprentice with other employers.

Speaking at the launch ASAP chairperson Councillor Paul Valentine said: “The Angus Shared Apprentice Programme has been set up in response to demand. Our new approach to learning and training for our young people in Angus will assist economic activity, improved skill levels, increase job satisfaction and employment. The programme also aims to address the challenges faced by the construction sector at this time whereby they cannot guarantee four-year Apprenticeships due to the fragile nature of construction work and shorter contracts.

“This new approach enables more small companies to offer apprentice places by making the process easier. Employers will be able to share delivery of a full apprentice programme with a number of employers and won’t have to make the full financial commitment necessary when an apprentice is taken on over a four year period.”

The board consists of three Cllrs (Chaired by Cllr Paul Valentine), Dundee and Angus College and also includes industry members from the Robertson Group, Andrew Shepherd Construction Group Limited and Pert Bruce Construction Limited.

Contact Dundee and Angus College on 01241 432 642.