It was a busy week for the apprentices and staff of West Lothian College as they marked Scottish Apprenticeship week.

Scottish Apprentice Week ran from the 4-8 March as a national celebration of the achievements of individual apprentices and all those who contribute to their success.

West Lothian College shared case studies and organised events throughout the week to recognise the achievements of their apprentices and to also showcase just what an apprenticeship can offer.

At the start of the week an Apprenticeship Skills Showcase took place featuring some of the college and council’s Modern Apprentices and Foundation Apprentices. The event allowed students from 12 different MA and FA frameworks to set up work stations to showcase their work to over 200 students, companies and others interested in Apprenticeships.

DYW (Developing Young Workforce) held a ‘Step into STEM’ event in the college which brought students from various schools in to find out about careers in STEM and STEM apprenticeship opportunities at West Lothian College.

Also, 13 Engineering Foundation Apprentices paid a visit to Openreach’s brand new fibre training facility in Livingston. The group were shown Smart Street - a full scale model street complete with ‘home’ and ‘business premises’ to allow apprentices to practice and learn their skills.

College staff also set up stall at the Livingston Designer Outlet where they spent time sharing information on apprenticeship opportunities that are available through the college.

Diane Mitchell, Head of Workforce Development at West Lothian College said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week provides a wonderful opportunity for our Apprentices to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time in employment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all employers who support these young people to achieve their qualifications and more importantly their potential and West Lothian Council for joining us in this event.”