An Orkney and Apprenticeships: Skills for the Future information event was held at Orkney College UHI on Wednesday 6 March 2019 to help young people, parents and carers learn more about the different apprenticeships available in Orkney and understand the opportunities they offer for progression in a career.
The event was organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Orkney and Orkney College UHI as part of Scottish Apprenticeships Week and Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening, which is a national DYW campaign. It was open to parents, carers and young people in and out of secondary school who may be interested in a Foundation, Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship.
Those attending heard from current apprentices, who gave an insight into what it is like to learn on the job and their employers, who spoke about their experience of hiring apprentices and developing young people.
Presentations were given by Kendall Pyke, Organisational Development Advisor with NHS Orkney and Harmony Bourne, a PA at NHS Orkney, who is currently undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management. Catherine Diamond, Lead Officer for Early Years from the OIC, spoke about the opportunities that exist in Early Years and Childcare. She was joined by Megan Wilkie, who is currently undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People.
Those present were given an opportunity to speak with staff from NHS Orkney and the OIC, as well as staff from Orkney College UHI, Skills Development Scotland, DYW Orkney and the HISA Student Association rep, to find out more about the industry they were interested in. A range of information about apprenticeships was also available for attendees to take away with them.
Kendall Pyke said: “At NHS Orkney we are keen to develop our workforce and give them the skills they need to progress with their career. We have taken on apprentices at every level, offering placements to Foundation Apprentices who are still at school, and also taking on Modern Apprentices in clinical and non-clinical roles.
“Last year, we offered our staff the opportunity to take on a Graduate Apprenticeships with Robert Gordon University. We now have five staff who are halfway through their first year, two staff of those previously completed their Modern Apprenticeships with us, so we are starting to see a progression through the framework.
“We were delighted to come along to this information event and help young people, parents and carers understand more about the different opportunities that exist within our organisation.”
Natasha Stacey, Modern Apprentice with DYW Orkney organised the event as part of her qualification. She said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get into the industry you are interested in and learn practical skills on the job. I have always had a love for planning and organising and my apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to help with previous events we have hosted and led me to getting the opportunity to plan this event. The skills I have developed though my Modern Apprenticeship will help me throughout my career.”
Anyone interested in attending a similar event should contact DYW Orkney on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01856 569 353.