Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023 – Unlocking Potential

6 – 10 March 2023 marked the 12th annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week. The theme of the 2023 event was ‘Unlocking Potential’, reflecting how apprenticeships can help develop a talented workforce, equipped with future-ready skills.

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we shared stories from current apprentices to inspire the next generation to unlock their potential. Browse our content below and watch our on-demand events to learn more.

QA Scotland Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

We were delighted to host our very first annual QA Scotland Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony, where we celebrated our star apprentices and employers of 2022/23. Our well-deserving winners were…


Apprentice of the Year

Arran Yuill of NVT Group


Apprentice Ambassador of the Year

Olivia Stein of Harper Macleod LLP


Apprentice Mentor of the Year

Leah Bullock of Ashurst


Tech Apprentice of the Year

Cameron Stevenson of Columbus UK


Professional Apprentice of the Year

Kimberley Hendry of Diversity Energy Solutions​​​​​​​


Rising Star Award

Jack Sloan of Terumo Aortic


Making an Impact Award

Lewis Muir of BAE Systems


Enterprise Employer of the Year

Baillie Gifford


ED&I Employer of the Year

NatWest Group


SME Employer of the Year

Harper Macleod LLP

Our Scottish Apprenticeship Week Events and Resources

Introduction to QA Apprenticeships for Parents and Teachers

We ran a webinar to discuss what apprenticeships are, how they work and how they can kickstart amazing careers. Watch the on-demand session today.

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Tech Trailblazers- Our Apprentice Stories


Data & Analytics Apprenticeship

“The programme so far has been amazing. Now I’m getting paid to learn, something I love to do, and I really do feel I could become anything and that the sky’s the limit. It’s really a fantastic opportunity and I am ever grateful to NatWest and QA for what I have now.”


Project Management Apprenticeship

“When I left school I felt quite pressured to go to university, so I decided to do a radiography degree. Halfway through I decided the programme wasn’t for me, and started working in retail. After working full-time for so long I dreaded the thought of returning to full-time education. My QA apprenticeship has provided me with the perfect balance between learning and working to achieve my career goals. and I’m so much happier.”

Start your apprenticeship journey with QA Scotland

As Scotland’s leading provider for digital apprenticeships, we’ve been connecting employers to apprentices for over ten years. We support a range of employers, from SMEs to corporates and the public sector to not-for-profit organisations, helping them empower their digital transformation through apprenticeships.



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National Apprenticeship Week FAQs

When was Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023?

Scottish Apprenticeship Week always takes place in March, and in 2023 it was held from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March.

What is Scottish Apprenticeship Week?

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration which shines a light on the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting people, employers and the economy in Scotland.

2023’s theme was Unlocking Potential, with the aim of showcasing what individuals and employers can achieve through apprenticeships.

How many Scottish Apprenticeship Weeks have there been?

2023 was the 12th iteration of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, with the first event taking place back in 2011. It originally started as a week for employers in Edinburgh to explore the benefits of employing Modern Apprentices – but today it is celebrated across the whole country.

How do I find out more about apprenticeships?

For more information about QA apprenticeships in Scotland, follow this link: