Recent changes to apprenticeships through the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, additional apprenticeship schemes, and increasing support from the Scottish Government have made this an opportune time to implement new and expand on current apprenticeship programmes in your organisation.

Join us for our Delivering Apprenticeships in Scotland course and learn how apprenticeships can benefit your organisation. You will hear from a variety of experts from across different sectors, learning how to design, implement, and manage apprenticeships.

Our speakers will provide you with the right advice and tactics to tack on any challenges that arise through your apprenticeship development journey. You’ll receive guidance on current policy and government aims and gain the confidence to excel in setting your own apprenticeship schemes. Learn how to reach out to a diverse pool of candidates, resource funding, and how to integrate apprentices smoothly into your workplace culture to ensure engagement, motivation, and overall success.

About the Chair: Dr Robin Westacott
Dr Robin Westacott is currently Director of Apprenticeships at Heriot-Watt University. He is currently responsible for the academic and administrative processes behind the development and delivery of Graduate Apprenticeships. He was previously an academic in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, where he taught chemical engineering.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:40

Understanding Apprenticeships in Scotland

  • Development of Apprenticeships and work-based learning in Scotland
  • Understanding the variety of apprenticeships available and what makes each unique
  • Clarifying the roles of employers, training providers, and apprentices Review of current Scottish Policy aims
  • Understanding the goals and targets of the Scottish Government and plans for the future
  • How Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Government, training providers, and other organisation can help
  • Q&A Session


Matt Lancashire

Director of Policy & Public Affairs, The Scottish Council for Development & Industry
10.40 - 11:15

Structuring and Designing an Apprenticeship

  • What makes a good apprenticeship?
  • Finding the right apprenticeship scheme for you
  • Investigating new and different ways of delivering an apprenticeship
  • Ensuring your apprenticeship meets sector needs and demands
  • How to fund an apprenticeship and where to get help



Oonagh Gil

Deputy Director, Youth Employment Division, Fair Work Directorate, Scottish Government
11:15 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:15

Ensuring Successful Apprenticeships

  • Encouraging young people to see the benefits of and take part in apprenticeships
  • Ensuring apprentice satisfaction and continued engagement in the programme
  • Effectively mitigating and tackling stumbling blocks in apprenticeship programmes
  • Understand the importance of good communication between industry, training providers, colleges and employers in delivering a successful programme
  • Building strong relationships between training providers, local authorities, and businesses
  • Acquiring accreditation: demonstrating the high-level of skills and learning opportunities in your programme
12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:45

Making Apprenticeships More Accessible

  • Assessing the benefits of a variety of apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors
  • Understanding why diversity in the workplace matters
  • Looking at how current diversity figures measure up compared to goals
  • Understanding the unique challenges facing people with disability, women, BAME, and care leavers


Suzanne Sherry

Early Careers Manager, Arnold Clark
13:45 - 14:15

Case Study: Delivering Your Apprenticeship Programme

  • Designing an apprenticeship: how to get started
  • Ensuring the needs of the apprentice, your organisation, and the sector are all met throughout the programme
  • How best to ensure integration of apprenticeships into the workforce and organisational culture
  • Optimising learning opportunities and creating balance with work



Pamela Wilson

New Talent Schemes Manager, BBC
14:15 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 15:45

Utilising Apprenticeships to Help Meet Your Business Needs

  • Using apprenticeships to foster new talent, upskill your workforce, and promote growth for your organisation
  • Utilising apprenticeships to help fill skills gaps across sectors and regions
  • Creating an effective business case for apprenticeships



Sally Smith

Dean of Computing,, Edinburgh Napier University

Jacquelie Brodie

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University

Lyn Batchelor

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Edinburgh Napier University
15:45 - 16:00

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Radisson Blu Hotel – Edinburgh

80 High St
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0131 557 9797

Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

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Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

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A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

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A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

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