Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, visited Kirkwall based building contractor and joinery specialists, R. Clouston Ltd, on Friday to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020.
The nationwide campaign aims to encourage more organisations to employ apprentices and the theme this year is ‘Talent Without Limits’, which challenges outdated views about apprenticeships and instead celebrates the diversity that they bring to businesses and the economy.
During the visit, Mr McArthur met with Neil Stockan from R.CLouston Ltd to find out about the apprenticeship scheme that the company offers and to hear from current apprentices about their experience of work-based learning.
Following his visit, Mr McArthur commented:
“Many businesses in Orkney now support apprenticeships, offering young people the opportunity to develop skills and gain valuable experience in workplace environments.
“The construction sector, however, has been particularly active is this area over many years. I was delighted, therefore, to visit R Clouston Ltd today to hear first-hand from some of their apprentices about how this pathway is helping them to enhance their skills, develop their confidence and provide a strong platform for their future careers.
“It’s clear that work-based learning delivers real benefits both for apprentices and the businesses involved. Being able to bring in young people and develop their talents has been crucially important to a company like R Clouston Ltd over the years.
“Despite the success of apprenticeships, there is still work to be done to raise awareness of the variety of options that are now available. Too often it is seen as relevant only in certain sectors and for certain types of people. That is no longer the case and the opportunities available now are extensive. I would certainly encourage anyone who might be interest to find out more by contacting Skills Development Scotland”.