SQA apprentices recognised at national competition final

Friday 6 March 2020

Finalists Lindsey, Eve and Lauren holding award
SQA's Apprenticeship Challenge finalists Lindsey, Eve and Lauren

A project that saw Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Modern Apprentices provide work experience for adults with learning disabilities has been recognised with a special recognition award at the final of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week Challenge.

The team, which included Lindsey Burke, Lauren Graham and Eve Cunningham, partnered with Cherry Road Learning Centre, which provides a day service for adults with complex, profound or multiple learning disabilities, and offers a range of activities, experiences and opportunities.

The group were recognised as winners of the regional 2019 Glasgow Apprenticeship Challenge hosted by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow.

Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive, said, “Our Modern Apprentices fully embraced the challenge and it is fantastic that this has been recognised today. Their time at Cherry Road Learning Centre gave them a unique opportunity to own a project and challenge themselves whilst making a much-appreciated contribution to their local community.

“As an employer we have seen their confidence and skillset grow through doing the Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge. Everyone at SQA is really proud of our winning team.”

A team from SAS International in Maybole were announced as winners of the competition after creating a moving WW1 memorial for the local community.

The two teams presented their projects to guests and judges at the national celebration, held in Glasgow.

One of the judges and head of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland, Katie Hutton said: “Both teams of apprentices have to be applauded for their commitment and dedication to their projects, which were inspirational."

Applications for SQA's Modern Apprenticeship Pathways programme are currently open. Information can be found at www.sqa.org.uk/pathway