Scottish Apprentice of the Year Awards 2014

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Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2014

The Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards are a chance to recognise the achievements of those involved in Microsoft-backed modern apprenticeships in Scotland as well as their vital contribution to Microsoft’s wider Get On programme goal of helping 300,000 young people move a step closer to work over a three year period.

Modern Apprenticeships form a key part of the Get On campaign in Scotland. In January 2013 Microsoft announced our ambition to recruit 2,016 new apprentices into our Partners and Customers by 2016. The announcement was made by Microsoft UK’s Managing Director Michel Van der Bel during a meeting with First Minister Alex Salmond and two Microsoft apprentices. Between now and 2016 and in Partnership with our training partners QA Apprenticeships and YouTrain, we will work with our 1,500 partners in Scotland as well as Scottish customers to recruit 2,016 young people aged 16-24 as Modern Apprentices (MAs).

Apprenticeships are particularly valuable in providing training in vital technical skills. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are skills crucial to business and some 77% of jobs across all sectors of the economy require the use of computer skills in some form. By providing training in these areas, Microsoft Modern Apprenticeships are helping both those looking for work and businesses keen to recruit skilled employees.

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