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Once upon a time, the majority of people left school and walked into an apprenticeship post, often leading to a lifelong career. In more recent years, the majority of industries have opted for ready-qualified staff with university or college certificates.

However, as current generations continue to struggle managing their university debts – often working set period or even zero-hour contracts – and as automation lurks like the Grim Reaper over our shoulder threatening many posts, the Scottish jobs market looks like it might be taking a leaf out of its fore-fathers’ book and favouring apprenticeships again.

This month, the week of 6 March is being promoted as ‘Apprenticeship Week’. Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), it is aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices and to see the benefits from other industry leaders who have invested in their workforce. If an apprentice is aged between 16 and 24, the employer is eligible for assistance towards the cost of the ‘Modern Apprentice’ training from SDS. Even if aged over 24 – as there is no upper age limit for SDS’s Modern Apprenticeships – some financial contribution may be possible, depending on the industry.

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann