Employers’ challenge

Councillor Tim Brett meeting apprentices at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship.
Councillor Tim Brett meeting apprentices at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship.

Businesses in north east Fife are being urged to get behind efforts to provide 100 young people with apprenticeships or training opportunities.

Sir Menzies Campbell MP and local councillor Tim Brett are supporting a new campaign – The 100 Apprentices Challenge – which will be officially launched next Friday, August 8, at Watts of Cupar.

The campaign aims to persuade businesses to sign up to taking on one or more apprentices or trainees, creating 100 new opportunities for young people in north east Fife.

Councillor Brett said: “The 100 Apprentices Challenge is seeking to give 100 young people across north east Fife the opportunity to gain skills and take vital first steps on the career ladder.

“I hope that as many local businesses as possible will get behind this initiative and help give more young people the chance to succeed.”

All employers – large or small, whether they’ve employed apprentices and trainees before or not – are invited to attend the launch which will be held between 10am and noon.

Training providers who are taking part in the challenge will be present to speak to employers about the possibilities and benefits of taking on an apprentice or providing a work experience placement.

A number of local businesses, who have employed apprentices in the past, as well as some of the apprentices themselves, will also make contributions in support of the challenge and to encourage others to sign up.

Sir Menzies said: “Young people in north east Fife have an enormous amount to offer local businesses but too often they do not get the chance they need to gain essential skills and experience. I think that needs to change.

“Apprenticeships and training opportunities are key to ensuring young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market. Not only do they provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had, they are a real help to all businesses who take them on.”