The £5m Legacy 2014: Young Persons’ Fund will give up to 2,550 young people the opportunity to gain employment opportunities in sport and the major events Scotland will host in the years to come.
Businesses across Scotland can still take advantage of contracts and training opportunities for major sporting events in 2014.
With planning entering the final straight, around £12 million worth of contracts will be advertised for the Commonwealth Games while there are still modern apprenticeships and training opportunities available through the Scottish Government’s £5 million Legacy 2014 Young Persons’ Fund.
The Sport Minister, Shona Robison made the call as she met modern apprentices who have joined technology company NVT Group in Bellshill, an official Supporter of the Commonwealth Games.
The firm is recruiting a total of fifteen full time Modern Apprentices to support the delivery of their services for the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.
The NVT programme, which uses services provided by YouTrain in Stirling, delivers on the job experience and off-site training towards a qualification. The NVT Modern Apprenticeship supports both technical and non- technical roles. NVT has been working with schools and North Lanarkshire Council to identify local talent who would benefit from vocational qualifications.
The Minister said, “As we gear up to the Games there are still plenty of opportunities for employers and businesses to get involved. National programmes are in place and support is available for small businesses to improve the lives of thousands of young people.”
“The Commonwealth Games is about more than medals, it’s an opportunity for Scotland’s economy to grow and flourish. NVT’s modern apprentices are one of so many good stories surrounding these games. From athletes to young people getting employment skills and experience, there is already a legacy right across Scotland and I know many more are inspired to get involved.”
NVT’s modern apprenticeship story is one of a dozen featured in a new Scottish Government publication, Scotland’s Games Legacy. Issued today, the publication highlights the Games legacy to individuals and communities across Scotland.
50 national Legacy 2014 programmes and many more local projects and initiatives are already seeing a positive impact thanks to the Games.
Hamish Fraser, Director, NVT Group, Bellshill, said, "We are using our expertise to optimise the technology required for a modern global event. The Games contract has opened up opportunities for young people to gain valuable training and we are doing the right thing by creating a legacy through the development of apprenticeship opportunities. NVT has ambitious growth aspirations and our involvement in Glasgow 2014 is an excellent way to showcase our business on a global stage.”