AS part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, a North-east training centre is highlighting the importance that modern apprenticeships play in today’s working environment and for the future.
Aberdeen based, ITCA is one of the largest engineering apprenticeship-training firms in Scotland and works with a range of firms across the North-east to provide training for young employees.
This week’s national campaign aims to define a new era for apprenticeships by highlighting four key themes of quality, growth, pride and values and is working towards highlighting the benefits to employers offering apprenticeships in the workplace whilst constantly improving the scheme for learners.
ITCA has recently launched a new course at the centre, which offers the first step to a modern apprenticeship programme. The new course was developed by the training centre funded by the national skills body, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) employability fund.
The new, Entry to Apprenticeship or E2A course, which saw its first intake last week is a workshop based course covering elements of welding, fabrication, engineering and electrical engineering. The course is an SQA Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations course that includes a four-week work placement and is the first step towards a modern apprenticeship once in employment.
In today’s working environment it is getting more apparent there is a crucial need for young workers to help offer a new element and a fresh perspective.
ITCA have seen around 50 learners pass through their doors in the last 12 months on the previous transition course to an apprenticeship, which has seen a success rate of 92% securing employment as a result. The training centre currently has a completion success rate for modern apprenticeships higher than both the Scottish and national averages.
Managing director of ITCA, June Jones, said: “It is crucial that employers are investing in the future of their business and investing in young people provides this key element. All local employers should consider nurturing their own workforce to ensure continuity of the skills that make the business successful and give the opportunity for business expansion. At ITCA we offer learners extensive workshop experience with some written work, giving the main advantage when presenting to an employer for a job opportunity. We aim to create a new generation of dedicated and talented employees who will have an impact in any organisation.”
ITCA offers a range of bespoke courses. To find out what ITCA can offer your business contact 01224 594808 or visit www.itca-training.com