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Open evening at college will highlight job opportunities and apprenticeships


By Ian Duncan


Modern apprentices with IBI Joiners, Inverness. The company has 14 construction modern apprentices with Inverness College UHI, including joiners, painters and decorators and a built environment apprentice.
Modern apprentices with IBI Joiners, Inverness. The company has 14 construction modern apprentices with Inverness College UHI, including joiners, painters and decorators and a built environment apprentice.

Employers from across the Highlands will be promoting a range of apprenticeship job opportunities at the Inverness College UHI apprenticeship open evening next week.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday, from 5pm to 7pm, as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week which runs until Friday.

It is an opportunity for people to explore the range of apprenticeships available – including foundation, modern and graduate – find out how they work, speak to staff about the training involved and meet employers looking for new recruits.

Lecturing staff will also be available to answer questions about full-time and part-time courses starting at the college in September.

The University of the Highlands and Islands provides all three types of apprenticeship across a range of occupations.

Joanne Mackinnon, business solutions manager at Inverness College UHI, said: “The University of the Highlands and Islands works closely with employers across the region, from initial enquiries about taking on an apprentice, recruitment and shortlisting potential candidates to advice, support and guidance throughout the duration of their training programme.

"We are delighted to be working alongside our employers at this event to showcase the world of apprenticeships and help them recruit to vacancies they have across the Highlands and Islands right now.”

Modern apprenticeships offer an alternative route into employment, where people are employed to undertake a job, allowing them to earn a wage, gain valuable experience and an industry recognised qualification through college or university, all at the same time.

Graduate apprenticeships provide the same work-based learning opportunity but up to master’s degree level. The university is particularly keen to hear from employer partners interested in finding out more about graduate apprenticeships in civil engineering and early learning and childcare.

Inverness College UHI provides training to more than 900modern and graduate apprentices every year, for a wide range of careers in motor vehicle, business and management, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, bricklaying, civil engineering, customer service, childcare, electrical installation, engineering, forestry, financial services, hairdressing, hospitality, IT, plumbing and healthcare.

Foundation apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for S5 and S6 secondary school pupils, which they choose as part of their option choices at school. Lasting one or two years, they include time at college and with a local employer to help them gain valuable, real-world work experience and an industry-recognised qualification, equivalent to a higher.

Foundation apprenticeships enable young people to progress on to a higher-level apprenticeship or a degree programme. Inverness College UHI offers foundation apprenticeships in business skills, ICT hardware and system support, ICT software development, childcare, healthcare, civil engineering, engineering, creative and digital media, and scientific technologies, all starting in June.

To find out about apprenticeship opportunities at Inverness College UHI click here.

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