Although traditional apprenticeship schemes including engineering, electrical and welding are still popular, disciplines like administration and logistics are becoming more in demand.
According to Skills Development Scotland (SDS) more than 1,700 people enrolled in a business and administration apprenticeship in June last year, a 46% increase compared to that for the term 2009-2010.
Aberdeen based ITCA has been providing the North-east with apprenticeship courses for more than 20 years and work closely with employers and the SDS to deliver apprenticeship courses.
ITCA works with leading international oil and gas services company ASCO and provides apprentices within a range of sectors for the firm including business logistics and administration.
ASCO currently has three apprentices employed who are on an apprenticeship scheme with ITCA.
Greg Keith from Ellon is currently a logistics and operations management apprentice and is employed with ASCO full-time and has 18 months left in his apprenticeship programme. He said: “It has given me a great opportunity to earn and learn at the same time and it’s a job with real prospects.”
Alex McGregor from Pitmedden is currently doing a Business Administration apprenticeship with ITCA. He said: “It has taught me to work efficiently within a team and I have learned various other skills.”
ASCO European Operations and Logistics Director, Zak Fleming, said: “Over the past two years we’ve invested in 14 apprentices, eight in logistics and operations management and six in business administration across Aberdeen and Peterhead.”