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Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Get help with your CV!

CV – Curriculum Vitae

This means life works – it’s something most employers want when you apply for work.

You provide information including your name, contact details, education, qualification, work history, hobbies/ interests and any other information you think would be useful for the job you’re applying for.

Your CV needs to be amended every time you apply for a new position to reflect the appropriate skills and personal statement as necessary.

You need a working email in order to complete the ‘My Strengths’ and then ‘My CV’ on My World of Work. Link below.

Examples of CV’s for a school leaver follow link below

Covering letter
This is a document sent alongside your CV when applying for jobs. Its acts as a personal introduction and helps to sell your application. A cover letter is necessary as it gives you the chance to explain to an employer why you’re the best candidate for the job. Link below providing examples.

Ask for help!!! Contact a Careers Adviser for help and advice

A couple of really good short videos how to write a CV as well as avoiding mistakes

Additional good sources for creating your CV can be found below

Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Monday event

Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian are hosting a live webinar for Parents and Pupils on 01 March 2021, 1830-1920 on ‘Meet the Apprenticeship Family’.

This webinar will focus on the three levels of the Apprenticeship Family – Foundation, Modern, Graduate – and the opportunities for progression for pupils when they school.

More details and to register go here

If you need any help please contact:

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 1-5 March 2021

It’s never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is a time to share the value apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employer and the economy.

This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, to showcase the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships. 

Businesses have adapted to challenging times. 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.

There’s more support from Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to help individuals get the chance of an apprenticeship and for businesses to benefit from employing apprentices.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the time for all those in Scotland benefiting from apprenticeships to join together and share their stories to encourage others to get involved. 

The week will also provide information on the range of support available for employers to back talent through apprenticeships. 

If you’re a teacher, pupil, parent or carer, you can also sign up to our ‘Introductions to apprentices’ broadcast. Find out more here

S4-6 Law Work Experience

Browne Jacobson are a top 50 law firm with offices all over the UK and revenues of £50million. These two days in the Easter Holidays are going to provide students with a really great insight into how a law firm works and makes money, the different departments they have, and an opportunity to talk with lots of different solicitors.

Law Virtual Work Experience:
Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th April, 9am – 4pm each day
Partner welcome talk
An insight to law, their different departments and areas of work (including non law routes)
Breakout rooms with solicitors in talking about different areas of law
Workshops & interactive sessions
Open to all Y11, S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S6 & Y14 students
Application Link:

I have attached a poster to this email which you can use on social media and send around via email.


If you have any questions please let me know.

Best Regards


Dan Miller
Founder and CEO |
M: 07540 953560

Richardson & Starling Apprenticeship Programme 2021

Richardson & Starling are proud to announce the launch of a new Apprenticeship Programme.

Despite a difficult year with varying pandemic restrictions, Richardson & Starling are looking to futureproof its workforce by investing in new talent development.


We are looking to invite 12 motivated individuals to join our award-winning team operating across Scotland and the North of England. If you have the right attitude and would like to become a skilled property preservation specialist then we are looking to hear from you!

All selected apprentices will work amongst the existing team of experienced preservation trades. Every apprentice will also be enrolled in the Veitchi Trade School and gain exposure to a wider range of specialities and further enhance their skillset. Apprentices will be assigned a mentor to ensure they are getting the relevant experience needed to become a seasoned professional.

More details here

Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme

The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme is a 3 year, 9 month programme and is split into two stages. Apprentices will spend 21 months at college, followed by two years on-the-job training at one of our UK based sponsoring companies.

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications, combined with practical training with some of the most innovative oil and gas companies in the world. As an OGTAP apprentice you will:

Study towards related qualifications
Work alongside experience staff
Gain job-specific skills
Earn while you learn
Through a random selection process, apprentices will either be part of the programme under OPITO or ECITB.

OPITO, the skills organisation for the energy industry, manage the programme on behalf of the operating companies, whilst the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) manage on behalf of the contracting companies.

The apprenticeship is offered in four disciplines. When applying you will be asked to state your discipline preference, however, your first choice cannot be guaranteed.

Electrical Maintenance
Instrumentation and Control Maintenance
Mechanical Maintenance
Process Operations
Full details are available on our website