Scottish Vocational Qualifications allow you to study for a qualification in an area relevant to your current job. It is a great way to gain more skills while still working and getting paid.
Cothrom offers a variety of SVQ's including Business and Administration, Social Services and Healthcare (including childcare), Hospitality, and Horticulture. Whether you are currently in a job in any of these areas or not, having a qualification that comprises largely of practical experience is a great way to upgrade your CV.
Read more about what SVQ's we offer here:
Business and Administration
Food and Drink Operations
Management (Professional Development Award)
Social Services and Healthcare
Social Services (Children and Young People)
Apprenticeships are a great way into employment for many young people. Cothrom offer both Foundation Apprenticeships as well as Modern Apprenticeships.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is taken as a subject while you are still in school. For example, if you choose to study childcare you will receive both tutoring in school as well as work experience as part of your apprenticeship.
Modern Apprenticeships consist of mostly practical experience through employment while also being supported by a tutor to achieve academic requirements. For example, you can undertake an SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) in Business and Administration while working as a receptionist or other office-based job.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to demonstrate both experience and relevant qualifications to your future employer.
Charlotte, one of our Modern Apprentices in Business and Administration, is completing her training through her work at ReStore. Charlotte began her Modern Apprenticeship at ReStore after participating in Stages 2 and 3 of the Employability Fund here at Cothrom. Gaining a Modern Apprenticeship is a natural progression for Charlotte.
Some of her day to day responsibilities as a Modern Apprentice in ReStore include shop duties such as customer service, completing sales through our till, and checklisting and pricing new furniture. She also updates the ReStore online catalogue, both on Instagram and Facebook. One of her most challenging tasks is the organisation of the van - mapping out where collections and deliveries are, as well as keeping in touch with customers and the van workers.
As part of her apprenticeship she has regular meetings with a supervisor and must gather a portfolio of evidence reflecting her learning.
Charlotte accessed three different work placements as part of her time on the Employability Fund and these have not only given her a variety of experience perfect for her CV, but it's also been a great confidence boost.
Skills Development Scotland is delivering Modern Apprenticeships with support from European Social Fund.
Get a job. Get paid. Get qualified.With a Modern Apprenticeship you learn on the job, and get the experience you need. Plus, you work towards a qualification.
Whether you’re thinking about the future, job hunting, or want to learn new skills, a Modern Apprenticeship could be for you.
Speak to our Training Co-ordinator if you think a Modern Apprenticeship is for you. We are also always looking to partner up with local businesses who could benefit from taking on a Modern Apprentice.
01878 700910 - firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 drop-in sessions, with Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser and Cothrom Staff, will be held on Wednesday 7th March in the Ormiclate Learning Centre from 10am to 4pm and Thursday 8th March in Castlebay Community School from 10am to 2pm. These sessions will highlight the local apprentice opportunities available and promote the Modern Apprentice programme as the perfect way to learn while you earn.
Every employer wants to know they are recruiting highly capable, motivated people, and with the Modern Apprenticeship framework you have the added benefit of high quality training to industry-recognised standards. The framework also offers training that is as broad as it is flexible, meaning that not only are your employees learning skills that are important to the whole sector, but the actual training programme is adaptable enough to suit your company's specific requirements. Last but not least, there may be financial support from Skills Development Scotland for your Modern Apprentices if eligibility criteria is met.
Whether you are a potential apprentice or an employer thinking of offering an apprenticeship please come along to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.