At Standard Life Aberdeen, our early careers programs form a vital part of our talent strategy, bringing fresh thinking and new skills to our business as well as helping us build the next generation of leaders. This autumn we were delighted to welcome 29 new graduates and 22 new trainees across all many functions within the SLA business.
In the skills-based role play, the learners can experience through play, a variety of industries. This role play begins a short input initiated by the teacher, which quickly becomes a brief discussion about the skills and jobs that might be involved in the profession that has been set up.
Our Programme Manager, Michelle Fenwick and our Business Support and Communications Officer, Emma Lacey have been running an induction for a group of Business Skills Foundation Apprentices who will be completing the work placement element of the qualification with the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.
The key to success of the DYW strategy is partnership working and here we spotlight this in practice.
When travelling around our region it is highly likely you will have passed a Robertson Construction site. Robertson have a large portfolio of work across the city including the regeneration of Pennywell and Muirhouse Town Centre, the Royal Highland Showground Pavilion and the Raeburn Place Sporting Ground.
In this edition we shine a spotlight on our very own Emma Lacey. Emma joined us from High School almost three years ago as an Apprentice in Business Administration and is on a great journey to a career in Marketing and Design. Emma was keen to get into the world of work and felt the apprenticeship pathway was right for her.
This time of the year is traditionally when we are busy with our schools, supporting them with planning and delivering their annual career events. These events are always well supported and attended by our industry partners, who look forward to informing and inspiring our young people, parents/carers and educators.
Many of the social issues and inequalities being talked about as a result of the current pandemic are not new. The groups of people in the UK who suffered disproportionately from poverty before are the same ones whose vulnerability is exposed now - young people are more than twice as likely to work for employers that have closed down; black and minority ethnic communities seem to be more at risk from the virus; women make up 77% of high risk workers, 80% of unpaid carers and 69% of low earners.
At Audit Scotland we offer a fantastic training scheme to school leavers which allows the opportunity to ‘earn as you learn’. We take on one or two school leavers each year, who join our trainee programme together with our graduates. This trainee programme lasts 5 years and our trainees study with ICAS to become a Chartered Accountant.