Shetland Apprentices on the Rise

Despite the economic downturn from the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Shetland companies are bucking the trend by taking on a record 87 new apprentice starts during 2020.

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Julie-Ann Murray working with sheep and lambs at Da Yard, Lochend

Businesses across Shetland continue to support the development of their workforce by investing in skills training through apprenticeships. 

Train Shetland Vocational Manager, Kevin Briggs said “We’re very happy to have been able to support these 87 apprenticeships across the Isles, and across a wide variety of employment sectors. The recent Apprentice Employer’s Grant from Skills Development Scotland was a big factor in securing more apprentices in engineering, construction and social care.”

A particular area which has seen a marked increase in apprenticeships is agriculture, with six new apprentices starting their training on farms around Shetland. One of these is Julie-Ann Murray who works at Da Yard, Lochend. Julie-Ann said:

“My apprenticeship at Train Shetland has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to work and learn about agriculture at the same time.  

I’ve also been able to take part in courses that have widened my experience and knowledge such as a spraying and a first aid course to name a couple.”

Train Shetland provides opportunities for Modern Apprenticeships for Shetland residents in a variety of disciplines. Train Shetland has a contract with Skills Development Scotland for funding the apprenticeships. In recent years, demand for apprenticeships has gradually increased.

Shetland College UHI and Train Shetland are supporting the University of the Highlands and Islands Employability Week which runs from 26 to the 30 April. Train Shetland will be offering advice and guidance on apprenticeships via a live online discussion with Developing the Young Workforce on Wednesday 28th April at 6pm. Whether an employer, parent, carer or are interested in an apprenticeship, all are welcome to join us. You can find out more including how to join here.