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Local support for Modern Apprentice scheme

Shaun Florence, who is training through the Modern Apprenticehip scheme at Strathmore Foods.

Shaun Florence, who is training through the Modern Apprenticehip scheme at Strathmore Foods.

Local businesses have been backing a national campaign to get more young people into Modern Apprenticeships to boost their career prospects.

Now in its fourth year, Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Friday, will see more than 120 events taking place from the Shetland Islands to the Borders.

The week-long celebration of Modern Apprenticeships is organised by national training body Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Forfar company Strathmore Foods, one of Scotland’s leading suppliers of chilled and frozen food, is one of the businesses investing in the future with Modern Apprenticeships.

Laura Knight, human resources manager, plays a large part in organising Strathmore’s training and believes that Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an inspiring initiative.

She said: “I asked one of our warehouse Assistants, Shaun Florence, if he wanted to do a Modern Apprenticeship in Warehouse and Storage with the opportunity to progress to a Level 3 qualification. I was delighted when he agreed and he started the training in May 2013.”

Shaun said he is enjoying the course and appreciates having his skills recognised.

He continued: “It’s good to have it on paper and it’s worth the effort as I’m well supported while doing it. It makes me feel very settled in work and able to build on my skills and abilities.

“I’m interested in doing customer service and the Modern Apprenticeship has helped my confidence so I would like to get further up in the company.”

 

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