With the funding levy for apprenticeships introduced in April 2017 and an increasing support from the Scottish Government for organisations to take on apprentices, now is the time to look at how to establish a successful apprenticeship programme.

Our Delivering Apprenticeships in Scotland course is designed to provide you with guidance on the current policy and funding arrangements, as well as to teach how to develop and implement your own successful apprenticeship programme. Learn how best to promote apprenticeships to prospective apprentices, gain an understanding of the positive impact that apprentices can have on your organisation and see how to develop your organisation’s culture so that apprentices can thrive.

Hear from a number of best practice case studies and get involved in interactive discussions with like-minded people, leaving the day confident of your ability to maximise retention and progression of apprentices, whilst also ensuring that the needs of your organisation are met.

About the Chair: Stuart McKenna
Stuart is Chief Executive of the Scottish Training Federation (STF) and was appointed to the role in February 2015. For the last 25 years, he has worked for a range of different organisations engaged with skills and training, in roles which have been mainly focussed around promoting Modern Apprenticeships. Prior to joining STF, Stuart was the Director of Skills at GoSkills – the Sector Skills Council for the Passenger Transport sector. He has also worked with Scottish Government, Sector Skills Alliance Scotland and COSLA. From 2003-2007 he was Vice Chair of the Board of Management of Cardonald College in Glasgow. Stuart is currently a member of both the SDS/SFC Joint Skills Committee and Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives


Stuart McKenna

Chief Executive, Scottish Training Federation
10:00 - 10:45

Policy Update on Apprenticeships in Scotland

  • Building apprenticeship programmes in Scotland
  • Apprenticeships and the impact on long-term economic growth
  • Understanding the range of different apprenticeship programmes
  • Implementing the apprenticeships levy
  • Overcoming negative connotations of the apprenticeships levy
  • Working with Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Government and other agencies


Stuart McKenna

Chief Executive, Scottish Training Federation
10:45 - 11:30

Establishing an Apprenticeship Programme

  • Ensure your apprenticeship provision meets sector need and demand
  • Co-ordinate relationships between training providers, local authorities and businesses to enhance greater learning
  • Evaluating the possible stigma around apprenticeships amongst young people and how to get around these
  • How to engage with students to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships



Matt Lancashire

Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Scottish Council for Development & Industry
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Case Study: Designing Your Apprenticeship Programme

  • What makes a good apprenticeship programme?
  • Considering student satisfaction when putting together an apprenticeship programme
  • Designing desk based and manual apprenticeships
  • Best ways to manage apprentices within the workplace

West Lothian won two Apprenticeship Awards at the Association for Public Service Excellence Awards 2017


Margaret Ho

Senior Organisational Development Advisor, West Lothian Council
12:30 - 13:00

Afternoon Ministerial Keynote Address

  • Update on current policy and progress of apprenticeships
  • Ensuring a bright future for Scottish apprentices and the future direction for apprenticeships in Scotland

Participate in an interactive 20 minute Q&A session with the Minister


Jamie Hepburn MSP

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Creating Successful Partnerships between Apprentice, Employer and the Training Provider

  • Benefits of employing apprentices across a range of different industries
  • Best ways to manage apprentices within the workplace
  • How to demonstrate the strengths of your skills provision for accreditation
  • Understand the importance of good communication between industry, training providers, colleges and employers in delivering a successful programme


Liz Barron-Majerik

Director, Lantra
14:30 - 15:15

Delivering Your Apprenticeship Programme

  • Setting out the objectives of an apprenticeship programme
  • Innovative methods of delivering an apprenticeship programme
  • How to ensure that the needs of the apprentice are met throughout the programme
  • Engendering apprentices with a culture of self-motivation
  • How to demonstrate the strengths of your skills provision for accreditation

Quoted by Skills Development Scotland as a best practice college for Apprenticeship Programmes


Caroline Hogg

Client Manager - Business Development, Forth Valley College
15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 16:00

Utilising Apprenticeships to Meet the Needs of Your Business

  • Employing apprentices to provide skilled workers for the future success of your business
  • Apprentices as a cost-effective and beneficial method to fill possible skills shortages
  • Measuring the value that apprentices provide for your organisation
  • Forging effective relationships between educators and industry to improve apprenticeships
  • Putting together the business case for apprenticeships

The Torridon Hotel  were winners at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2017 with “The Apprentice of The Year” Award


Rohaise Rose-Bristow

Owner, The Torridon Hotel
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Stuart McKenna

Chief Executive, Scottish Training Federation

Stuart is Chief Executive of the Scottish Training Federation (STF) and was appointed to the role in February 2015. For…

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