A small but important revenue for the project had come from work with apprenticeship training providers who could now promote their programmes for free with Apprenticeships.Scot and so the focus shifted to keeping the project alive as enterprise learning employment for young people and a promotional channel for employers. In 2014 the project was led by Shannen Scott ‘from Apprentice to Chief Exec’ Shannen was runner up for Young Scot of the Year 2014 and also runner up as UK Enterprise Learner of the Year. You can see her video case study here:
This drew attention from VET officials at the European Union. The project was recognised as a VET innovation and featured extensively across the EU as a best practice case study in youth enterprise and employability. It was translated into several languages including Chinese. A delegation from China later visited our offices as part of a European tour of technical education institutions and programmes. The Apprenticeship in Enterprise Framework almost made it through the process to become a fully funded Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland but not enough was done to convince the authorising group of its value and momentum passed.
Liam Howard has since become a key success story and long-term legacy of the project. Having completed an apprenticeship double in both Enterprise and then Creative and Digital Media, he established the Creative Cause digital media agency in 2018 and along with fellow director Aaron Vaughan has operated the Apprenticeships in Scotland service under license, helping to reposition and rebrand as EarlyCareers.Scot.
The project is now complete and has incorporated into Early Careers Ltd, a positive and inclusive digital business committed to advancing the Early Careers marketplace as part of the recovery. A credit to everyone who has been involved in the journey or helped us along the way.