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New Modern Apprenticeship Brand Marque

March 31, 2015 | Andrew |
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Introducing the new Modern Apprenticeship brand marque being used by Skills Development Scotland. Minerva People Ltd are proud to continue to deliver Modern Apprenticeships. We have been delivering apprenticeship programmes since 1999. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. SDS […]




Press Release from SCQF

February 26, 2015 | Andrew |

SCQF: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY   On Thursday 19 February 2015, 221 participants from 115 organisations from 19 countries gathered in a Glasgow hotel for SCQF: An Unexpected Journey; a conference which aimed to explore the past, present and future of the SCQF and to celebrate the journey the Framework has taken since its inception in […]




MCALPINE PRAISES LOCAL COMPANY’S WORK DELIVERING MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS

January 20, 2015 | Andrew |

Joan McAlpine MSP has praised local company Minerva for its work delivering Modern Apprenticeships across the region. Ms McAlpine met Modern Apprentices and their assessors along with Directors Tricia and Andrew Hunter last Friday. She said: “The Modern Apprentices I met were all learning while in work in fields like childcare and administration. “Minerva work […]




We’re delighted to announce all Pitman Training will be CPD Standards Approved!

December 18, 2014 | Andrew |

What are the benefits of CPD? The benefits of CPD can be seen from two perspectives – that of the employee and that of the employer. For employees, CPD helps them keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date. It also ensures that the professional standard their qualifications and registrations are maintained. Furthermore, it contributes to their […]




Children in Need

November 3, 2014 | Andrew |

Look who our Childcare Coordinator Tracey bumped into today whilst visiting a nursery! To change the life of a child or young person in your life click here- https://www.childreninneed-donations.co.uk/




Learn more about our Modern Apprenticeships

October 14, 2014 | Andrew |

One of our assessors, Michaela out and about today visiting candidates decided to stop and say hello to Wickerman.  Don’t forget, if you are interested in becoming an MA or are a business looking to take on an apprentice, please see details below and contact us to learn more. Our Modern Apprenticeship Programme is a […]




Don’t make these mistakes on your CV

September 25, 2014 | Andrew |

We are delighted to share this article from Google’s senior VP originally posted on themuse.com Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president of people operations, estimates that he’s personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes over the course of his career. First of all, we’re sorry for him. But secondly, we’re pretty sure he knows a thing […]




First ScotRail Results in Rail Passenger Survey

August 19, 2014 | Andrew |

First ScotRail Survey We are delighted to share with you this article from Railway News regarding First ScotRail’s latest performance survey. Image courtesy of First Group The 90% rating equals First ScotRail’s highest ever rating in this key category.  Improving performance figures and better timetables have been key drivers in ScotRail achieving this rating, a significant eight percentage […]




Childcare Employability Programme

July 10, 2014 | Andrew |

Are you between the ages of 18-24 years old and looking to start a career in Childcare? We will help you move your career to the next step through our employability programme. Contact us today to learn more!




SCOTRAIL PROVIDES HOSTS WITH THE MOST FOR SUMMER OF SPORT

| Andrew |

Over the last few months frontline rail workers in Scotland have participated in the ‘Games Ready’ WorldHost customer service programme, which has been specially tailored to prepare them to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors who will flock to Glasgow and Gleneagles in July and September respectively. In total, more than 3,000 First ScotRail staff […]




World Host Training

June 11, 2014 | Andrew |

Can’t believe we are nearly finished World Host training with People 1st and ScotRail, its been an amazing journey! https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/media-centre/press-releases/thousands-scotrail-staff-training-scotlands-summer-sport




Graduates! Come along and start growing your career!

April 17, 2014 | Andrew |



Certificate of Work Readiness

April 15, 2014 | Andrew |

Thank you Skills Development Scotland for creating this fabulous film celebrating the success of Certificate of Work Readiness! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHLjS4VBW9w&list=UUvMngPCD0QbYMKv7Dpg3syQ




Dumfries and Galloway Childcare Alliance Celebrate Success

April 10, 2014 | Andrew |

Last year in May 2013, Minerva People along with members from the Dumfries and Galloway Childcare Alliance, local employers and partner organisations launched the new Childcare Employability Training programme. Minerva People’s team designed, developed and delivered a successful programme working closely with childcare employers. Now a number of young people are coming through who have […]




Graduate Incentive Programme

February 5, 2014 | Andrew |

We are happy to announce that we support the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Graduate Incentive Programme. The programme was officially launched by the First Minister in August 2013 and seeks to support the creation of 270 new, permanent graduate jobs for small to medium sized businesses in Scotland. The programme is delivered nationally by Scottish […]




Minerva People in Partnership with ScotRail and People1st

January 31, 2014 | Andrew |

We are delighted to be working in partnership with First ScotRail and People 1st Training Company to deliver a bespoke training programme with a proven track record of success. World Host customer service training has been used to train over one million people worldwide. The programme provides a gold standard in training for any business […]




Celebrating Continued Success

December 19, 2013 | Andrew |

Minerva People gathered at Easterbrook Hall last month for their annual celebration recognising the outstanding achievements of the learners in 2013 receiving certificates for vocational and Pitman Training qualifications. Tricia Hunter, Managing Director welcomed and thanked all in attendance describing the event as a phenomenal experience to celebrate and congratulate the success of all learners […]




SMEs are reluctant to take on Apprentices

November 20, 2013 | Andrew |

This week’s update from the Scottish Training Federation contained the following news showing that many SMEs are reluctant to take on apprentices. Around half of Scotland’s small and medium sized enterprises seem reluctant to take on apprentices with many concerned about the potential costs and time involved, research shows. In a survey of SMEs for Close […]




Recruitment Open Day

October 25, 2013 | Andrew |

Minerva Recruitment, part of Minerva People Ltd, is holding a Recruitment Open Day on Thursday 7 November from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm. The purpose of the event is to help local people find out the benefits of using a recruitment agency and how Minerva Recruitment may be able to help you find a job. […]




Scottish Chambers of Commerce Skills Pulse Survey

September 27, 2013 | Andrew |

We found this interesting read today about the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Skills Pulse Survey. The data from the Skills Pulse survey provides you with a snapshot of the challenges that fellow employers are facing. It covers the impact of the current economic climate on business, challenges employers face to recruit the right skills and […]




Graduate Recruitment Incentive launched

August 29, 2013 | Andrew |

Nora Senior, Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, recently visited Minerva People to meet some graduates and chat with business owners about the challenges that they face. Nora’s visit coincided with the announcement by Alex Salmond and Scottish Chambers of Commerce on the nationwide launch of the Graduate Recruitment Incentive, providing support to small businesses across Scotland to […]




Half of young people ‘would choose an apprenticeship’

August 16, 2013 | Andrew |

It is a fact – young people would choose an apprenticeship We stumbled across a fantastic article earlier this week that states that 54% of young people in the UK would opt to undertake an apprenticeship if one were available to them, new research has claimed. The article that can be read on the CIPD […]




Modern Apprentice Awards

June 5, 2013 | Andrew |

Regional training and recruitment specialists, Minerva People is proud to announce their Modern Apprentice Award Winners for 2013 which took place during Scottish Modern Apprenticeship week in May. While celebrating the launch of the “New Childcare Employability Programme” at the Aston Hotel, Dumfries last Friday, Minerva’s Tricia Hunter and Elaine Murray MSP honoured Caitlyn Kennedy […]




Alive Radio

May 31, 2013 | Andrew |

Our Director, Andrew Hunter, had a a fantastic time this afternoon as a guest on Alive Radio 107.3 FM.  It was Andrea Thompson’s first show and she did a fantastic job leading a packed programme with support in the studio from Lee Medd Andrew was invited on the show to talk about Minerva People, Modern […]




Demand for accomplished graduates is on the rise in Scotland

April 5, 2013 | Andrew |

Demand for accomplished graduates is on the rise in Scotland, although skills shortages continues to be a problem, it has been revealed.   According to ScotlandIS, the country’s trade body for the IT and digital sector, almost 70 per cent of the companies they polled were planning to take on new recruits, but have found […]




Youth Jobs Scheme Extended

March 7, 2013 | Andrew |

Hundreds more young people will be supported into jobs following the investment of an additional £6.3 million from the Scottish Government into Community Jobs Scotland. The third sector programme will receive £5.75 million for 2013/14 to support up to 1,000 young people into employment with 10 per cent of the budget ring fenced for those with […]




Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2013

March 4, 2013 | Andrew |

This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from May 20 to 24 and celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices as well as recognising their contribution to businesses and the economy. Led by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprentice Week will bring together apprentices, employers, training providers and partners in a series of events across the country. […]




Youth unemployment in Scotland

February 21, 2013 | Andrew |

Youth unemployment in Scotland (among people aged 16-24) has fallen by 28,000 over the last year, according to the latest figures released today by the Office of National Statistics.  The Scottish youth unemployment rate is now 18.4 per cent compared to 20.6 per cent in the UK, and the youth employment rate in Scotland is […]




New Year, new learning opportunities

January 16, 2013 | Andrew |

New Year, new learning opportunities. Two of Minerva People’s learners has been showcased on the Scottish Government website in relation to learning opportunities for young people. The article focuses on the views of the two young people but also includes comments from Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance, a local employer and also one of our own team, […]




Launch of The Professional Development Award in Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9

October 25, 2012 | Andrew |

Launch of The Professional Development Award in Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9 Tonight Minerva People in partnership with The Children’s House and the Hamilton School are launching The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9. This is an excellent qualification for any childcare practitioners who wish to attain a level 9 […]