Derek Mackay visits site to promote National Apprenticeship Week
Multiplex and the University of Glasgow hosted Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, to mark the launch of National Apprenticeship Week. The Cabinet Secretary toured the Western Campus site and met with apprentices working on the Campus Development project.
There are currently 35 apprentices working on the Campus Development Programme in a range of construction-related roles, and this week marked the launch of the Apprenticeship Committee – a forum that gives apprentices a platform to feedback their experiences. It aims to make sure that we’re informed about how best we can support and direct our apprenticeship offering and make sure that apprentices can actively help shape their roles.
Mr Mackay said: “Apprenticeships play a vital role in improving Scotland’s productivity by benefitting individuals, employers and the wider economy as a whole. It’s for this reason the Scottish Government is continuing to invest in apprenticeship opportunities, ensuring work-based learning is available to as wide a portion of the population as possible. Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to see the excellent work being done by our Apprentices, and the valuable experience they are gaining in their industries. As a government we have set an ambitious target of 30,000 new apprenticeship starts by 2020 – a target we are firmly on course to meet.”
Ann Allen, Executive Director of Estates & Commercial Services at the University of Glasgow, said: “Our Campus Development Programme is the largest construction project at the University in 150 years. As with all major construction projects, our success is reliant on recruiting new and diverse talent, with apprenticeships playing a key role in this. It is fitting that today, as we mark the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, our lead contractor, Multiplex, has committed to further improve the support we offer apprentices by convening the first Apprenticeship Committee on the Campus Development Programme.”
Ian Taggart, Multiplex Project Director, said: “Having joined the construction industry as an apprentice I understand the value in providing apprenticeships. The industry requires practical skills more than ever and I am pleased that Multiplex are able to support new apprenticeship opportunities through the Campus Development Programme. Apprenticeships can offer potential for people to continue to develop they’re their skills and become industry leaders for the future.”