MSP flags up benefits of mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships to lo­cal busi­ness

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly got in gear to mark Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship Week on Mon­day when he vis­ited a car plant.

As part of Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship week, James vis­ited the Ruther­glen Ford/Fiat on Glas­gow Road to meet with their team of young ap­pren­tices and learn more about the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to young peo­ple. This year marks the fifth Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship Week, which runs May 18 to 22.

The MSP is urg­ing em­ploy­ers in the con­stituency to con­sider how they might be able to bring new tal­ent on board and cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal young peo­ple.

Speak­ing af­ter the visit, James said:“Dur­ing Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship Week I was very keen to visit a lo­cal em­ployer and learn more about how lo­cal busi­ness can in­vest in our young peo­ple and, ul­ti­mately, the work­force of the fu­ture.

“The ap­pren­tices and me­chan­ics I met this week in Ruther­glen are a real credit to the Ford/Fiat op­er­a­tion and I would like to thank Paul Bryceland and Ian Tay­lor for tak­ing the time show me around.

“I hope this week will help raise aware­ness about the many benefits and op­por­tu­ni­ties that mod­ern ap­pren­tices bring to busi­ness and the lo­cal econ­omy.

“There is help avail­able for lo­cal busi­nesses con­sid­er­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme and I would urge em­ploy­ers to con­tact Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land who can pro­vide ex­pert ad­vice, and help iden­tify the skills and train­ing busi­nesses need to grow.

“Ap­pren­tice­ships are great for young peo­ple, but they are also in­cred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial to busi­nesses and a great boost for the lo­cal econ­omy in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.”

For ad­vice on ap­pren­tice­ships con­tact an em­ployer en­gage­ment ad­viser at Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land on 0800 783 6000.

Sup­port James Kelly MSP with ap­pren­tices and me­chan­ics, ser­vice manager Paul Bryceland, right, and group op­er­a­tions manager Ian Tay­lor, left

Hard at work James Kelly MSP watches an ap­pren­tice at work in Ford Fiat

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