Paisley MSP George Adam has welcomed Scottish Apprenticeship Week after he paid a visit to St Mirren FC and had the chance to meet two of their apprentice players.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and the campaign theme for 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.
Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce, and shows the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to get qualified to develop their careers.
George Adam, SNP MSP for Paisley, said, “I wholeheartedly support this scheme and agree that Apprenticeships really are the business. It’s vitally important that young people are given opportunities to learn and improve their practical skills, and apprenticeships are the perfect way to do both simultaneously.
“Business that take on apprentices and truly invest in their employees are what we want to see more of in today’s market so I was delighted to see the great scheme at St. Mirren first hand.
“Both boys, Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly, who are apprentice players at the club, spoke very highly of their apprenticeship and are very enthusiastic about the doors this will open for them in the future.
“The boys are very driven and seem to be throwing themselves into everything the apprenticeship has to offer. It’s great to see a big local name supporting local boys to reach their potential.”
Photo: (From Left to Right) MSP George Adam, apprentice players Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly and St Mirren Director and CEO, Tony Fitzpartick