Four Angus apprentices are being held up by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) as great examples of the benefits of Modern Apprenticeship Training.
The youngsters have spoken about their apprenticeship experience as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs until May 22
The SDS campaign is also highlighting the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and the local economy, as well as individuals.
SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “Modern Apprenticeships work for employers of all sizes, from family firms to global companies.”
Trainee engineers Kayleigh Steele, Jo Milne, Mollie Sheasby and Carys Reid are part of a group of hundreds of apprentices across the country who are promoting Scottish Apprenticeship Week. They spend their week at Angus Training Group in Arbroath, learning milling, turning, fitting and assembly techniques.
Carys (17), who is from Brechin, explained: “I think what I have found really good is there is always a lot of support when you are an apprentice and people are very willing to help you,”
Damien said: “Kayleigh, Jo, Mollie and Carys and their employers are great examples of the benefits of the Modern Apprenticeship programme. They highlight the value of investing in skills for people and businesses.”
Carys works for GlaxoSmithKline in Montrose, while Kayleigh, Jo and Mollie work for GE in two different sites in the town.
Carys’ engineering team manager Mel Robertson said: “Carys has brought a different pair of eyes to the workplace, looking at things from a different perspective, noticing things that people have not seen before and encouraging change for the good. The Modern Apprentice scheme is critical to the business by making sure we always have a new supply of talent available to us as we grow.”
GE’s Employee Human Resources Leader Nicole Cameron said: “By hiring apprentices GE is engaging with employees at the earliest stage of their career journey. This provides GE with an invaluable opportunity to influence work ethos and culture, while developing the apprentice to ensure they are the best engineer they can be. The result is an employee that not only understands the business, but has grown to be part of the business.”
Angus Training Group Managing Director Alan Swankie said Kayleigh, Jo, Mollie and Carys are part of a group of six female engineering apprentices who are training with his organisation at the moment.
He said:“All six of them are doing extremely well and producing good work. They take their training seriously, and are showing real progress because they are all determined to succeed.”