Connecting Young People to Opportunities in IT: The Apprentice Store

Tuesday, 15th February 2022

At DYWICH we are excited to join forces with The Apprentice Store, Inverness, as they become the latest business to sign the Young Person’s Guarantee!

Showing his commitment to providing new routes into the world of work for young people, managing director of The Apprentice Store, David Massey has been working with schools across the Highlands and Moray – as well as on national initiatives – since 2000 to help young people transition into their working lives.

David said, “The Apprentice Store was set up to support young people into the world of work by providing sustainable employment opportunities, and it is fantastic to have that formally recognised by the Young Person’s Guarantee.

With a focus on employment in the IT sector, The Apprentice Store educates and supports young people in the management and delivery of technical services to clients across Scotland. Offering a modern apprenticeship scheme for young people, the organisation provides full time contracts to young people, with a personal learning plan in place to develop their skill set in this sector.

“As part of our pledge, we will continue to engage with local schools, charities and DYWICH – providing work experience placements, modern apprenticeships, mock interviews and career advice,’’ adds David. “Young people are incredibly important for all businesses, as they bring with them different experiences and perspectives – and by providing these opportunities, you can encourage new talent to remain in the local area instead of seeking employment elsewhere.

DYWICH operations manager Gregor Campbell said: “We’re thrilled that The Apprentice Store has chosen to sign the Young Person's Guarantee. The team there does so much to prepare young people in the Highlands for their careers, and it is wonderful for them to cement that by making this pledge.

“Any business can sign the guarantee, and the beauty of the scheme is that the pledges are completely flexible. Whether a business can spare an afternoon in a school talking about career opportunities, or offer a full apprenticeship, every interaction with young people helps us inspire a new generation and retain a young, vibrant and enthusiastic workforce in the Highlands.”

Find out more about the Young Person’s Guarantee and how to get involved.