Following the success of Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games, the Leader of Glasgow City Council gave a commitment to expand apprenticeship opportunities which saw the development of an ambitious programme to offer suitably qualified school leavers an apprenticeship.  Named the Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI), it enhanced the traditional Apprenticeship/Skillseeker recruitment programmes by offering new skill areas in various disciplines.

Given the current challenging economic downturn, there has never been a more important time to ensure Glasgow School leavers are assisted into apprenticeships.  One of the biggest mistakes made in the past was to fail to invest in training and young people during a recession and the council is committed to ensure that mistake is not repeated.  At a time of reduced staff numbers, the Council is strategically using apprenticeships as part of its workforce planning for the future and encouraging businesses in and around the City to do likewise.

The Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative started in April 2009 and to date (Sept ’11) 1887 young people have secured apprenticeships in Glasgow City Council, its Arms Length External Organisations and across 403 public and private sector partners. The CAI targets both employers to create new apprenticeship jobs and each cohort of Glasgow school leavers to prepare them for recruitment to these newly created jobs.

Download the application form:  SWF 03 Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative – (CAI)