Awards, politicians and lots of talented young people

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Mark Smith

29th May 2015 at 1:19pm

There are plenty of occasions during the year – Green Travel Week and Volunteers’ Week are just two examples – dedicated to celebrating good work or raising awareness.

18-22 May was Modern Apprentice Week here in Scotland. It was a chance to celebrate the importance of vocational training as well as the outstanding contributions young people make.

It gave us at Standard Life the perfect opportunity to share our story about how we’re supporting young people into jobs and to celebrate the difference this makes to our communities.

The week started with a trip to London and The Business Charity Awards where we were a finalist in the Community Impact category for our work on the Edinburgh Guarantee.

Changing lives for the better

It was a pleasure to have Rachel King and Cara MacLure, pictured, with us to represent the programme and although we didn’t win, it reminded me just how important this work is and how it can change individual lives for the better. It’s something we can be very proud of.

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Then it was back to Edinburgh for a visit from Annabelle Ewing, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment. She met some more of the brilliant young people who work at Standard Life, Rachel Gracie and Jemma Pettigrew, who’d joined us as Modern Apprentices in Group IT.

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That evening our IT function got the recognition it so richly deserved when we won the award for Best Large Business in the Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards, as well as the overall Employer of the Year award!

The awards were presented by Roseanna Cunningham MSP at the Scottish Parliament.

The week came to an end on Friday when we welcomed the latest, seventh, cohort of Edinburgh Guarantee young people with a lunch in Standard Life House. It was an exciting time, showing them around and introducing them to their teams. Given the spotlight shone on talented young people all week, it was perfectly timed.

The support we give young people as they start their careers is important for so many reasons; it helps us maintain a diverse workforce, creates prosperity, and provides opportunities for personal development.

Throughout Modern Apprentice Week we had groups of people out across Edinburgh talking in schools and at careers fairs and information sessions. Taking our message and opportunities out to communities we work with is such an important part of what we do.

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