Apprenticeships Essential for Economic Revival

Apprenticeships play an essential part in the nation’s economic revival. It provides tens of thousands of young people with the opportunity to gain skills and experience that employers are seeking.


Many employers in Galloway and West Dumfries – thankfully – recognise the many benefits obtained by attracting fresh blood to their companies and, indeed, an increasing number of industries. Indeed learning providers ensure people get the right skills to do well at work – in a host of different environments.


Nowadays apprentices of all ages are accessing work-based learning to kick start their careers – whatever their choice of sector.


Finlay Carson MSP Said “This week is, of course, Scottish Apprenticeship Week and as the local MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries I have been delighted to become heavily involved in both promoting and encouraging people to take part.
One of my first of many visits was to Dumfries and Galloway College whose campus in Stranraer provides a wealth of opportunities for people looking to get their foot onto the employment ladder, whether it be in the hospitality sector, agriculture or the many challenges within the growing green jobs market.
Earlier this week I joined Drew Easton at Jas. P Wilson, the forestry and firewood equipment specialists, based at Dalbeattie, to learn how their apprentices were helping the business to grow in different areas.
I was joined by Zoe Well from Skills Development Scotland and Sharyn Mayes, team leader for external development department at Dumfries and Galloway College, both of whom are helping hundreds of local apprentices find work-related experiences and skills that will hopefully lead to full-time employment.
Having witnessed for myself how important apprenticeships can be in this modern world, I fully support the comments of Frank Mitchell, chair of Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Advisory Board.
He said: “When it comes to supporting sustainable skills through workforce development or providing opportunities for young people, we know that apprenticeships work.
“The combination of commitment from employers and the backing of Scottish Government will ensure apprenticeships work for everyone, making a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery and productivity growth.”



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