Fife Council apprentices showcase their skills

Scottish Apprenticeship Week: Clockwise, from top left, Lucinda McAllister, Fife Council; Callum Penman, apprentice; Fiona Allan, Fife Council; Cllr Lesley Laird; Hayley Caven, apprentice; Joe Dowd, Scottish Government; Catherine Thomas, Skills Development Scotland.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week: Clockwise, from top left, Lucinda McAllister, Fife Council; Callum Penman, apprentice; Fiona Allan, Fife Council; Cllr Lesley Laird; Hayley Caven, apprentice; Joe Dowd, Scottish Government; Catherine Thomas, Skills Development Scotland.
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Fife Council apprentices at Bankhead have been showing off their skills to councillors and officers from Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to mark Scottish Apprenticeship week.

There is a wide range of roles for apprentices at the Council and visitors met a number of apprentices to find out more about the work they do.

Apprentice Callum shows off his work to, from left, Catherine Thomas, Skills Development Scotland; Cllr Lesley Laird and Joe Dowd, Scottish Government.

Apprentice Callum shows off his work to, from left, Catherine Thomas, Skills Development Scotland; Cllr Lesley Laird and Joe Dowd, Scottish Government.

The group looked at a computer-aided design project, tasted some baking in the café and saw first-hand the skills of craft apprentices in the workshop.

Depute Council leader Lesley Laird, spokesperson for economy and planning, said: “The Council has already invested millions of pounds in employability projects in the last three years, including £1 million each year in the Workforce Youth Investment programme creating opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds within the Council.

“It was great to see some of these young people showing off their skills and representing Fife. I’m looking forward to meeting more of our apprentices through this week.”

Councillor Tony Martin, Fife Council Youth Ambassador, said: “2014 was Fife’s best year so far for apprentices, with 1927 young people starting in businesses throughout Fife.

“So far in 2015 the Council has created 90 apprenticeships and trainee posts across a wide range of services, from business support and hospitality to craft and social care.

“And, through the Workforce Youth Investment programme, we’re in the process of recruiting for another 50 roles across a wide range of services.”