Aegis Union Learn Prompts Minister Visit

Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, will visit Aegon in Edinburgh today (Thursday, 20 February 2014).  This workplace visit will give the Minister a hands-on opportunity to look at how Aegis the Union, in partnership with the Aegon, supports workers as well as Aegon’s wider skills and employment strategy.

Aegis and Aegon will announce the creation of six Modern Apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds, set to begin in April.  This marks the first time Modern Apprentices will be working within Aegon.  The creation of these new posts is a direct result of Aegis the Union’s work in identifying a need to up skill new and existing customer service and back office staff within the workplace.  This work is supported by the Learning and Development Funds, accessed by Aegis, through Scottish Union Learning. 

The Minister will also participate in a tour of Customer Service areas, meet union members and learn more about union-led learning initiatives.


Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, said:

“Aegon, supported by Scottish Union Learning and Aegis the Union, is demonstrating its commitment to investing in young people, which I am always delighted to see. Creating new roles for Modern Apprenticeships to get a foothold in the financial services industry sets a fantastic example for other employers in this important sector to follow.

“The Scottish Government is committed to working with public, private and third sector partners to support young people into employment and other positive destinations. Our efforts so far have included a guaranteed offer of a place in education or training for every 16-19 year old, establishing the Youth Employment Scotland Fund, funding 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year and £29 million to create thousands of jobs in the third sector over three years.”


Brian Linn, Aegis General Secretary, said:

“Aegis the Union views learning and skills as an integral part of our strategy to serve our members and grow our union. Working in partnership with the employer, we aspire to create a learning environment within the workplace that provides good jobs and opportunities for our members to progress. That in turn contributes to growing a highly skilled financial sector within Scotland.

“Our union welcomes this workplace visit, to showcase the work that we are doing in up skilling our members and in creating new jobs through learning, by working together.”


Gill Scott, HR Director, Aegon UK, commented:

We’re delighted to be introducing Modern Apprenticeships to Aegon in partnership with Union Learn and Skills Development Scotland. The Modern Apprenticeship programme adds a new dimension to our existing training and development offering and we believe that the skills and knowledge that the modern apprentices will develop will ensure that Aegon people continue to be customer focussed and strive to achieve excellence in their work. The apprenticeship programme also supports our Aegon DNA behaviours, specifically helping others to succeed. Aegon will clearly benefit from the energy and diversity that modern apprenticeships bring to organisations, and we’re looking forward to seeing the positive impact this programme will make over the coming months.


“A member could come up and talk to me to let me know what's going on in their team, and if something's not going well I'll see what can be done to help.”

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