National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

This event has now ended. You can rewatch the webinar below, or visit our YouTube channel for all other webinars.

Apprenticeships can help secure careers and overcome the well-documented skills shortage across manufacturing and other major industries.

Join the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy (MSA) for a series of virtual events during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

We’ll connect with leading skills organisations to explore shaping modern apprenticeships and what they are doing to meet the green transition in other countries. We’re also running a session just for teachers on the value of apprenticeships.

Whether you’re within industry, skills support or considering an apprenticeship yourself, there’s an NMIS Insights event for you.

Date - Monday 7 March 2022

Time - 11.30 - 12.30 (GMT)

As technology advances and the race to net zero accelerates, the next generation of engineers must be equipped with the right skills to address changes in products, markets, and the way that we make things.

Brought to you from the MSA team behind the Advanced Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF), Online Digital Manufacturing and Leadership CPD, along with engineering skills experts Enginuity and an industry partner, we’ll discuss how a new framework for the modern engineering apprenticeship could look and how your input will ensure it meets the needs of a rapidly changing world.

From additive manufacturing to welding, we will explore skills old and new, and whether they will still be relevant when we fast forward to 2026 and this year’s round of apprenticeships is complete. 

We will also explain how you can take part in Enginuity’s survey to shape the future engineering modern apprenticeship.

The Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund

The Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund projects are part-funded by the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund part of the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme.

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme.

For further information visit the Scottish Government webpages or follow @scotgovESIF.


Date - Tuesday 8 March 2022

Time - 16:00 - 17:00 (GMT)

This webinar takes place as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week and will focus on the value of good quality apprenticeships as positive post-school destinations for young people moving directly from school into the world of work.

Chaired by Jim Hannigan, Head of Skills Capability at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and Chair of Developing the Young Workforce - West, it will feature a range of speakers from across industry and apprenticeship policy.

We will also be joined by two young apprentices to hear about how they value their apprenticeship.

This event will be of particular interest to teachers and school-based CAS.


  • Tommy Breslin, the Senior Development Officer at Scottish Union Learning
  • Erin Bartley, Careers Advisor at Skills Development Scotland
  • Neil Archibald, Head of Workforce Strategic Planning at ScotRail
  • Jayne Nicholl, a technician who completed an apprenticeship with the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)
  • Ross Pringle, undertaken a graduate apprenticeship with Leonardo


Date - Wednesday 9 March 2022

Time - 11:30 - 12:30 (GMT)

As we seek to reach net-zero emissions between 2045 - 2050, the need for more sustainable manufacturing processes has never been greater.

Joined by Vlasis Korovilos and Lisa Rustico of the European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) we’ll explore how apprenticeships can support and accelerate the green transition, using practical examples from other countries such as Germany, Belgium and Greece.

We will take an international view of what employers and stakeholders need to know about the role of apprenticeships in the transition to greener economies and societies along with related challenges and opportunities.


Dates & Venues

DateMonday, March 7, 2022
LocationOnline via MS Teams
DurationVarious times