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Hundreds of Glaswegians take part in Scotland's Biggest Parents' Evening

Hundreds of people throughout Glasgow – including parents, business leaders and young people - took part in Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening this week (6 March) to encourage a greater awareness about apprenticeships.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, organised a variety of visits and events to promote apprenticeships to one group in particular – the parents, one of the key influencers of young people.

ScottishPower held an event for parents within the company, which was attended by more than 55 people, as well as 15 of the company’s apprentices. They spoke about the value apprenticeships bring to their organisation and the importance of work-based learning.

Global engineering firm Jacobs held a ‘lunch and learn’ event at their offices on Bothwell Street. More than 30 parents attended and heard first-hand from apprentices as well as Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Parents heard from one apprentice who had gained six Highers at school and successfully applied for a Mechanical Apprenticeship with Jacobs when he left school.  He now attends the University of Strathclyde as part of his Graduate Apprenticeship in Engineering.

A number of other organisations took part, including Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Arnold Clark, ScottishPower and the NHS.

One parent of an S5 pupil who attended the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce event said:

"As a parent, it was invaluable for me to hear about the different options available for my son during school, in particular Foundation Apprenticeships. I had heard about a Foundation Apprenticeships but did not really understand what it was and hadn’t realised it covered so many key sectors. My son is interested in engineering and this option will give him the right mix of work experience and knowledge in this area. Hearing first hand from a young person who is going through this was invaluable. We left feeling well informed about the different types of apprenticeship on offer."

DYW Glasgow also organised a host of teachers and career advisors to shadow an apprentice for the day.

Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Patrick, visited busy city centre restaurant Anchorline, where he shadowed one of their Modern Apprentices and discovered what a typical working day involved in the hospitality industry.

Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening is a national campaign run by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Skills Development Scotland. It aims to help parents and carers learn more about the value of apprenticeships, and how they could support their children’s futures. The initiative formed part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4-8 March 2019.

Alison McRae,Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, which runs DYW Glasgow said: 

“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 3,900 Modern Apprentices in the Glasgow area.  These schemes are designed with employers, so they are based on the real jobs that people do now and are likely to do in the future.

“Young people can also ‘earn and learn’ through apprenticeships - there’s a huge range of rewarding paths and options available; from engineering to hospitality, financial services to beauty.  

“Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening was a huge success this year and we look forward to working with our businesses and many partners to continue to build on it over the years ahead.”

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