Scottish govt “leads by example” and launches own apprenticeship scheme

The Scottish government is opening its own doors to twenty young people, who are being offered apprenticeship’s at Holyrood.

The programme is open to eager applicants aged 16 to 24, looking for the opportunity to work in visitor services, security, HR and IT at the Scottish Parliament.

The scheme will open the door to “a vibrant and modern workplace” giving youngsters a glimpse into the world of a working political institution.

Applicants will be able to get full details at an open day on November 21, when applications open. The deadline is December 7. Eleven apprentices will be taken on in 2015 for a maximum of two years before drafting in another nine two years later – in 2017.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said: “The Scottish Parliament is an employer in its own right and we hope to lead by example. This apprenticeship scheme will provide opportunities for young people to build skills to help them in their future careers.”

Parliament chief executive Paul Grice added: “This scheme provides a great opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to use their different abilities and to develop new skills to help build a successful career.

“We are always looking for people with initiative to inject different ideas and fresh thinking and, in return, we offer a great organisation where young people can begin their career.”