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Glasgow employers urged to take part in Scotland's Biggest Parents' Evening

Employers across Glasgow are being urged to take part in a nation-wide initiative on Wednesday 6 March to help people understand more about apprenticeships.

A number of city-based organisations, including Jacobs, Arnold Clark, ScottishPower and the NHS have already signed up to participate in Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening, which aims to help parents and carers learn more about the value of apprenticeships, and how they could support their children’s futures.

Jacobs Engineering Group is holding a free ‘lunch and learn’ event which is open to the public on 6 March from 12pm-2pm at their offices in Glasgow City Centre – sign up via .  At the lunch, parents will be able to hear first-hand from apprentices about their own experiences and will get the opportunity to engage with organisations such as Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Alison McRae from Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, co-organisers of the initiative together with Skills Development Scotland, said:

“No matter how big or small, there are plenty of ways for organisations to get involved in Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening. Workplaces can hold an event for staff to spread the word about the power of apprenticeships; use their communications and social media channels to reach out to parents and carers, or they can even consider taking part in an existing event in the Glasgow area.”

Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening forms part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4-8 March and celebrates the value apprenticeships and work-based learning brings to individuals, employers and the economy. 

Alison continued:

 “An apprenticeship can equip a young person with the skills, experience and qualifications to enable them to realise their career aspirations. Right now, there are over 37,000 people in Scotland working as an apprentice. Scottish Apprenticeships are designed with employers, so they are based on the real jobs that people do now and in the future.

“An apprenticeship offers the ability for young people to ‘earn and learn’, and there’s a huge range of rewarding paths and options available to them; from engineering to hospitality, financial services to beauty.  We are urging everyone to get involved to find out more and encourage more young people to go down this route.”

Developing the Young Workforce in Glasgow are inviting parents to attend a special free event on Wednesday 6 March 2019, 4-30pm-6-30pm at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 30 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1EQ. Hear from apprentices, employers and other professionals about the value of apprenticeships.

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