Clacks Business Week – Recruiting a Modern Apprentice

Forth Valley College (FVC) is one of Scotland’s largest trainers of Modern Apprentices (MAs) and there is a very good reason for that.

By Stuart Hall of Forth Valley College.

Our expert lecturing staff and excellent facilities help to tailor training specifically to each employer. We offer MAs in areas ranging from Engineering, Construction and Hospitality to Business, Hairdressing and Care and we pride ourselves on our close professional links with each industry. 

Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) are a nationally recognised training and qualification route, designed to support your business to train your employees.

MA’s provide employees with the opportunity to gain essential skills and industry recognised qualifications via approved industry recognised training frameworks. The duration of each MA is dependent on the sector the apprentice is working in and aspects of the programme can be tailored to suit your business.

An MA could be a new team member or an existing employee seeking to increase their capability. When you take on a new employee they might not have all the skills you need right now or you may have a current employee who might need new skills to take on a different role. MAs gain the skills they need through on the job training and are supported in achieving industry recognised qualifications via FVC.

These are gained on a day release basis, via work based assessor visits to the candidates’ place of work, or a combination of both.

MAs are just like every other employee – so you still have to pay their salary while they’re being trained, and provide any equipment they’ll need to do the job. However, FVC draw down funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) which contributes towards the cost of the training.

The MA qualification can be delivered at different levels to suit the requirements of the business and the MA. All levels of MAs contain Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Core Skills. Additionally, some frameworks require underpinning knowledge qualifications at National Certificate

Are you in the Construction industry and are interested in taking on a Modern Apprentice?

As part of Clacks Business Week, Forth Valley College are hosting a Construction Modern Apprenticeship Breakfast Brunch on Wednesday 23 November, 8.00-9.00am

The session, held at the Alloa Campus, is aimed at construction employers to showcase how Forth Valley College can support in the training of construction modern apprenticeships.

This short informative event will provide information on the modern apprenticeship structure, funding and a tour of the Alloa Campus facilities (breakfast will be provided).  If you would like to attend please email or call Lynsey Reid on 01324 403202.