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12 . Glasgow Business May/June 2013


Pictured with Minister


for Youth Employment Angela Constance are


(from left) John Gilligan, Managing Director of


Tennent Caledonian; with Modern Apprentices Craig Devine, Chloe Trainer and Sarah Mollison; and Skills


Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates


Skills transform many lives T


he lives of 25,000 young people in Scotland have been transformed in 2012/13 by taking up a


Modern Apprenticeship. Te Scotish Government and


Skills Development Scotland have confirmed that the target to enhance the job prospects of 25,000 young people through training has been met for a second year.


STOW COLLEGE


Centre opens Stow College’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning has been launched to build links between education, enterprise and business. The Centre seeks to encourage local businesses to become involved and work with Stow College to help deliver and support a new generation of enterprising students who will help boost Glasgow’s economic prosperity.


Minister for Youth


Employment Angela Constance marked the occasion by meeting a number of Modern Apprenticeships working for the Tennent’s Training Academy in Glasgow. She said: “Te Scotish


Government recognises the value of the Modern Apprenticeship programme in developing and


Keith McKellar, Chair, Stow


College Board of Management, said: “Our Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning illustrates what we do best – building networks between enterprise and creativity through a cross-fertilisation of the private and education sectors. We believe that our new Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, through its membership of the Gazelle Colleges group and links with the Peter Jones Academy, can be a catalyst for the wider colleges sector.”


improving the skills of our young people. A Modern Apprenticeship gives them a job and a qualification, as well as a real entry point to the working world. Tis is precisely why we set ourselves the challenging target to offer 25,000 MA opportunities for each year of the current Parliament and I am delighted that the target has again been reached.”


AWARDS


Big successes Two Chamber members have reason to celebrate. Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has been named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for a seventh year in a row. At a recent influential industry magazine Meeting & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards Ceremony held in London, Glasgow beat off strong competition to secure the


coveted title ahead of London & Partners, Liverpool Convention Bureau, Marketing Manchester and VisitScotland. Also, Shanks Group, the leading


international waste management business, was delighted to win the ‘Achievement in Sustainability’ award at the PLC Awards in March. The award recognises


accomplishments in the three key areas of economic, environmental and social sustainability.


Skills Development Scotland’s


Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “Today shows in very tangible terms the commitment of employers and individuals and how Modern Apprenticeships have a vital and valuable impact on Scotland’s economy. I hope it will encourage other employers to offer more opportunities to help people build their future.”


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