Scottish Apprenticeship Week Open Day

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014, East Kilbride Group Training Association hosted two events at its Engineering Training Centre in Law Place, Nerston Industrial Estate, East Kilbride. 

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On Friday 16th May, Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland visited East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA) to officially launch Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Mr Salmond said: "Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a chance to celebrate Scotland's brightest and best on a programme which produces motivated individuals and helps employers to develop a skilled workforce.

 "Alongside the Scottish Government's unique guarantee of a place in education or training for 16 to 19-year-olds and a range of other activities, we are committed to at least 25,000 Modern Apprentices every year as a means of supporting young people in employment”.

"A Modern Apprenticeship provides people with not only a job but also a qualification at the end, as well as new skills and a vast range of workplace experience”.

 During his visit to the centre, the First Minister met with a group of MAs to discuss their experience of the programme. General Manager Mr Tom McBrearty stated that he was delighted that the First Minister could take time out of his busy schedule to recognise the significant contribution the Association makes to the Engineering community in Scotland. If you would like to hear the First Minister speak about Scottish Apprenticeship week, you can view this video on Youtube at the following address; (hold CTRL and press on the link to run).



On Tuesday 20th May 2014 the Association held a “Girls into Engineering’ Open Day”. The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of engineering to female school pupils. EKGTA sent out invitations to all secondary schools in Glasgow and North and South Lanarkshire asking them to nominate two girls who have shown an interest in, or are considering a career in engineering. During the day those in attendance were given practical experience in electrical, machining, fitting and welding skills. EKGTA staff gave presentations on the background to the Association, Modern Apprenticeship frameworks, professional development, and the recruitment services offered to its member companies. They were also able to hear first hand the experience of some of the current female apprentices who were being trained at the centre.

 The event was well attended with representatives from some of the 10 different schools.  If you would like to hear more about this event from Scottish Apprenticeship week, you can view this video on Youtube at the following address; (hold CTRL and press on the link to run).




Employers can find out how they can access support to help them to employ Modern Apprentices by calling the Skills Development Scotland helpline on 0800 783 6000.

 To find out more about EKGTA contact 01355 229985 or email