Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

CECA Scotland Chief Executive Grahame Barn discussing apprenticeships with Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP

CECA Scotland are proud to be supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021,co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, to demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, with the aim to
demonstrate how businesses benefit when they back talent
through apprenticeships.

Businesses in construction and across the economy as a whole  have adapted well to challenging times over the past year.

Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. While businesses taking on
apprentices have developed new and safe ways to recruit in
their commitment to backing talent.

Policy & Public Affairs Manager Cara Hilton with Jamie Hepburn MSP and some civil engineering Foundation Apprentices

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 highlights the range of support available to employers to help them take on an apprentice and opportunities for individuals to progress through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

For businesses backing talent who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship there’s more support than ever before. The Apprentice Employer Grant provides up to £5000 to recruit an apprentice, there’s additional funding to take on a redundant apprentice through Adopt an Apprentice and Pathway Apprenticeships are available for school leavers not in a job or education to gain work-based learning and qualifications in sectors with skills needs.

In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future and we look forward to CECA members getting involved in sharing their apprenticeship success stories during #ScotAppWeek21

Get Involved

There are three easy ways for CECA Scotland members to get involved in backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week:

1. Download and use the campaign resources (including graphics and model tweets) on
2. Use #ScotAppWeek21 and #BusinessBackingTalent to show your support for apprenticeships; sharing photos, films and stories about your current apprentices and their successes.
3. Post your apprenticeship vacancies on

If you are planning a virtual event or activity – such as a live Q&A, online open day or web info session – please register the details online so Skills Development Scotland can help promote what you’re doing.

Visit the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 campaign page and complete the online event form to register your activity.


Download Skills Development Scotland’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week Toolkit below: