Royal Mail delivers apprenticeships in Scotland

Royal Mail is set to deliver 30 Apprenticeships in Scotland following receipt of funding from Scottish Enterprise.

The Apprenticeship, developed with Skills for Logistics, provides candidates with a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 in Mail Services and is specifically aimed at employees dealing with the collection, delivery and processing of mail.

“We are very pleased that our Apprenticeship scheme will now be available to young people in Scotland as well as across the UK. Royal Mail Group is one of Scotland’s largest employers, supporting directly and indirectly around 1% of the Scottish workforce. We feel that successful Apprenticeship and training schemes like ours will add to the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise’s efforts to achieve their policy goal of a ‘Smart Successful Scotland,” commented Ian McKay, Director of Scottish Affairs at Royal Mail.

“Skills for Logistics is delighted that Royal Mail will be extending the Apprenticeship by delivering it in Scotland,” commented Dr Mick Jackson, Development Director at Skills for Logistics. “With a focus on increasing the level of skills across the UK through vocational training, it is important that employers are able to train new recruits directly in line with the job requirements. Through the Mail Services Apprenticeship individuals are offered a real insight into working for Royal Mail by developing skills vital to the job they will be undertaking.”

Royal Mail aims to use the Apprenticeship to:
1. Attract, develop and retain high-calibre postmen and women, and managers of the future.
2. Improve Key Performance Indicators such as increasing the organisations retention rate and decreasing absenteeism.
3. Develop business culture by increasing business-minded competence at the front line and improving workforce diversity in terms of age, gender and ethnicity.
4. Enhance relationships with the aim of encouraging more people to consider a career in Royal Mail and by becoming an employer of choice.

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