Lewis MacDonald celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week with VSA
VSA, the North-east’s leading social care charity, welcomed Lewis MacDonald, the Labour MSP for North-east Scotland, as part of the celebrations for Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Mr MacDonald was invited to see first-hand VSA’s commitment to work-based learning among staff, volunteers and the charity’s learning and development team.
Carol Nicholson, VSA’s Director of HR, Learning and Development, said: “We were delighted to welcome Lewis today to give him insight into VSA’s Modern Apprenticeship programme. VSA has a long-standing commitment to attract, recruit and develop the very best people, therefore delivering our own Modern Apprenticeship programme was a logical progression for VSA.”
“As an SQA accredited centre, we provide a range of qualifications in Health and Social Care ranging from SCQF L6, through to HNC level, and the Modern Apprenticeship builds on this through additional numeracy and IT skills. Alongside studying, our apprentices gain practical experience working with people who use our service. This approach helps our students to put what they have learned into practice with the support of our dedicated team of learning and development professionals.”
“There have been a large number of people who have joined VSA and progressed their career, which is a testament to this approach.”
Lewis MacDonald, Labour MSP for the North-east of Scotland, said: “As convener of the Health and Sports Committee of the Scottish Parliament, one of the things I’m really keen on is social care having the same professional support and is as strong a career choice as going into the National Health Service.”
“What VSA is doing with the Modern Apprenticeship is raising the game and taking the sector in that direction which I think is fantastic.”
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