MSP flags up benefits of modern apprenticeships to local business
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