“Raising Skills & Backing Business” is Lantra’s Mantra

“Modern Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience and a nationally recognised qualification. They offer lots of benefits to businesses, from having more dedicated workers to increasing business competitiveness. Modern Apprenticeships also offer trainees themselves the chance to develop their skills and a career in the sector of their choice. By combining learning in the workplace with off-the-job…

Crack the code to keep yourself cybersafe

Since being invented in 1970 the internet has dramatically changed our everyday lives; from ditching the high streets and shopping online to ‘googling’ almost anything. With statistics showing that 82% of adults use the internet on a daily basis, 70% of this usage coming through mobile smart phones, this is more than double the figure…

On the right track with QTS

  “You’ll enjoy doing a Modern Apprenticeship. You’ll meet new people and learn new skills.” Lewis Wallace, Business Administration Modern Apprentice, QTS. It was only a year ago that then 19 year old Lewis Wallace was unsure where his career was going to take him after his Skills for Employment course at Ayrshire College was…

Murrie serves up an Apprenticeship Grand Slam

“I’m working towards becoming a Scottish Para-Badminton player and have played football for Scotland’s Under 19’s Disability Team.” Murrie Robertson, Active Schools Modern Apprentice – East Ayrshire Council Almost 2 years ago, 19 year old Murrie Robertson was attending Park School in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire whilst continuing his love of sport in his spare time….

Whisky – Fuel for the Future

This month our Influencers Insights event was coordinated and hosted by The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), and had been designed to engage science teachers, Quality Improvement Officers and career advisors in this growing sector and offered them a chance to hear from local companies working in this space. Based in Glasgow, IBioIC was launched…

The Spa at Lochside

Situated 20 miles South of Kilmarnock, The Spa at Lochside offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and luxury set in acres of beautiful countryside. Opening only 5 years ago it has experienced continued success and the team at Lochside pride themselves on delivering excellent customer service to each and every one of their clients. The…

Constructing skills for the future

  Ashleigh Scotland (Ltd) is a Private Limited Construction company based in South West and Central Scotland who deliver a range of new build and refurbishment projects. Over the past few months they have been involved in a Construction Partnership Project with S3 Belmont Academy pupils in conjunction with Ayrshire College to give pupils an…

Be the architect of your own success

  Wednesday 12th October marks Day 3 of Work Experience Week 2016 and today we are focussing on work experience opportunities within the local architectural industry. In order to find out more about this niche industry we visited ARPL architects in Ayr, South Ayrshire and spoke with Director Rebecca Cadie to hear what she had…

Boots feel good about Work Experience

  Today is Day 2 of Work Experience Week and another great opportunity to highlight the importance of local businesses offering young people a quality work experience placement. According to Education Scotland, “Work placements should enable young people to experience a relevant, challenging, enjoyable and appropriate learning experience within the contemporary workplace. A placement should…

Work Experience Week

What better way to highlight the importance of businesses offering work experience placements for young people than doing so through Work Experience Week which takes place this week between 10th – 14th October 2016! Here at Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire, one of our Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) is to increase the number of businesses…

The Joiner, The Bricklayer and The Business Coordinator

“We encourage a positive and progressive approach resulting in sustainable aims and an award-winning service. We have a focus on investment in people, skills and resources backed up by sound management Ashleigh provides innovation and service excellence.” – Douglas Small, Joint Managing Director For National Tradesman Day  we visited Ashleigh Scotland in Prestwick.  Ashleigh Scotland…

A Design for Life

  S5 & S6 Graphic Communication pupils from St Matthews Academy in Saltcoats were delighted to be given a real life business experience when Malachy Ryan, Managing Director of Alan White Design in Kilmarnock, invited them into their office to see Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Structural Testing in action. During their visit to Alan…