Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has used a debate today in Holyrood to highlight the importance of apprenticeships.
His contribution to the debate followed Mr McArthur’s recent visit to E Fraser Electrical in Finstown to meet their eight apprentices as part of Scottish Apprenticeship week.
Run by Skills Development Scotland, the aim of the week is to promote apprenticeship programmes in a range of sectors across Scotland and the importance of work-based learning.
Following the debate, Mr McArthur said:
“During my visit to E Fraser Electrical, I had the opportunity to meet their team of apprentices all of whom are at different stages of their training. It was really encouraging to hear how positive they all were about the apprenticeship programme, and the opportunity it provides to combine coursework and qualifications with first-hand work experience.
“There are improvements that need to be made to the scheme, of course. Similarly, it is important that awareness is raised about what an apprenticeship can deliver in helping people develop the skills they need and that are crucial to our local economy. Too often apprenticeships are dismissed as not suitable to some people, without a proper understanding of what they are all about.
“Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a good way of helping address this problem and I look forward to taking part in the Apprentice for a Day initiative later in the year. I can reassure constituents, however, that I will be under strict supervision throughout the day and will not be allowed to rewire anybody’s house!”