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Work Place Experience Opportunities for Young People across Highland Perthshire

LISTEN: Jamie Hepburn on opportunities for young people across Highaland Perthshire.

Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, visited Pitlochry Dam this week to see how SSE apprentices are faring with their apprenticeship training with SSE and to chat with pupils, education providers, and local businesses to support the developing the young workforce programme.

Mr Hepburn toured the premises at Pitlochry Dam to speak with local trainees and engaged with pupils from Pitlochry High School in person, and joined in a video call with pupils from Breadalbane academy.

Speaking of his visit, he reflected on the last couple of years as education faced challenges during the pandemic. “The last two years has been one of disruption,” he commented. “But if you look at the resilience of young people and those who have worked with then its been remarkable, and when you look at the latest figures for those applying to go to University still holding up very well.”

On the Developing the Young Workforce Programme, he explained: “We run interaction with employers and the programme is now very well established infrastructure in ensuring young people at school can interact with employers and when there are out schools that the very same employers are giving them the opportunity to get into work and there are many examples of this, including here at Pitlochry Dam where they are giving young people that opportunity.”

Jamie Hepburn chatted to representatives from Perth College UHI, the local Developing the Young Workforce team, and local employers including Pitlochry Fesival Theatre, The House of Bruar and Heartland FM.

Mr Hepburn encourages employers who are not part of Developing the Young Workforce, to come forward and take part, as it is a two way street. DYW can supply students, to gain experience and for workplaces to spot potential new talent for the future. He is pleased that there is an abundance of great work going on in our area.  

Mr Hepburn concluded “ I would urge every young person to take and embrace the opportunity to get involved with a work placement  or a foundation apprenticeship so they can get a recognised qualification at the end of it. It’s a great thing to be involved with.”

You can find out more information about opportunities for young people in the workforce on: https://www.gov.scot/policies/young-people-training-employment/apprenticeships/

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