Project Description

Developing the Young Workforce in Fife is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 (1 – 5 March), co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, to demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

The DYW (Fife) team is working in partnership with SDS, Fife Council and Fife College to ensure we showcase some of the fantastic contributions from business, education and young people from across the Fife region.

This year’s theme is ‘Business Backing Talent’, with the aim of demonstrating the numerous ways in which businesses benefit when they back talent and talent development through apprenticeships.

Despite current challenges, many fantastic businesses and learning providers have adapted and innovated their working practices so that apprentices can still learn, achieve and progress.

The week-long campaign highlights the range of support available to employers to help them take on an apprentice, as well as opportunities for individuals to progress through a wide range of fantastic Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

Not only this, but Scottish Apprenticeships support the Young Person’s Guarantee, introduced by Scottish Government to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of developing their career pathway through work, education or training.

For businesses who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship there’s more support than ever before. The Apprentice Employer Grant provides up to £5000 to recruit an apprentice, there’s additional funding to take on a redundant apprentice through Adopt an Apprentice and Pathway Apprenticeships are available for school leavers not in a job or education to gain work-based learning and qualifications in sectors with skills needs.

In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future.

Ways you can support the campaign

We want all those with a shared interest in apprenticeships to back Scottish Apprenticeship Week, including apprentices, businesses, industry, schools, colleges, universities, councils and learning providers.

Employers: Can use the week to highlight how your business is backing talent; show the benefits apprenticeships bring to your business and to encourage others to give someone the chance of an apprenticeship.

Learning providers: Can highlight support for employers investing in apprenticeships; raise awareness of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships and promote the work you do to link with businesses and make sure apprentices achieve their potential.

Individuals: Can share your apprenticeship story; highlight the benefits of businesses backing talent through apprenticeships and inspire others with what you have achieved thanks to your apprenticeship.

Three simple steps to getting involved in #ScotAppWeek21

  1. Download and use the campaign resources on scot/resources
  2. Use #ScotAppWeek21, #DYWFife and #BusinessBackingTalent to show your support for apprenticeships sharing photos, films and stories. Tag DYW Fife in your posts, where you can.
  3. Post your apprenticeship vacancies on scot

Find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships and the support available for your business to get involved at or if you’d like to speak to someone in DYW Fife about opportunities within Fife, please contact Ryan Hepburn on