Praise for training approach

Local MSP Nigel Don has praised the co-ordinated approach being taken to match apprenticeships with required skills.

His comments, congratulating the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland, were made during a recent parliamentary debate about modern apprenticeships.

Mr Don, convener of the cross-party group on construction, noted that the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), is enthusiastic about foundation apprenticeships which are being piloted in two regions, as they allow younger people to get involved.

He said: “It seems to me that foundation apprenticeships offer a real opportunity to ensure that youngsters at school can get some real workplace experience and some understanding of what that industry might be about and of the opportunities that might exist in it.”

Mr Don also pointed out that small businesses may have difficulty understanding the system for taking on an apprentice.

He suggested that the Government might be wise to consider how the information is provided to businesses that will naturally concentrate on their primary manufacturing role.