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Local MSP Rona Mackay praised a group of new local recruits at Arnold Clark at Bishopbriggs during a visit this month to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week.


The SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden said she was impressed with the calibre and enthusiasm of the young people taking the first steps on their career in the automotive industry.


Ms Mackay added: “It was great to visit Arnold Clark at Bishopbriggs to see at first-hand the skills and experience apprentices are gaining there.


“I had a brilliant chat with these clearly enthusiastic young people and was extremely impressed with their drive and knowledge. They are clearly benefiting from the firm’s commitment to the next generation of skills in the industry.”  


Carole Ann McCann, Arnold Clark Group Recruitment Manager said: “Apprentices contribute more than just filling skill shortages within a business – their fresh perspectives can be the driving force behind new innovations and help industries develop as a whole.


“Under the tutelage of experienced mentors and trainers, our apprentices learn practical skills and get vital hands-on experience, helping them to become the very best in their chosen discipline, be that as mechanics, in engineering, or customer service.”


Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week showcases how Scottish Apprenticeships contribute to the fabric of Scotland.


“Apprenticeships are giving back to Scotland by supporting employers deliver economic benefits as well as societal wellbeing benefits across every part of Scotland.


“Strong employer endorsement and demand for apprenticeships shows the high value of work-based learning to enable businesses to generate the skills they need to compete now and in the future.


“Across Scotland, around 40,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are accessing high-quality jobs and transforming their lives through Scottish Apprenticeships.


“Apprenticeships also contribute by paying taxes as well as their employers contributing £10 for every £1 spent by Government to help training.


“It is very clear that Apprenticeships play a vital role in meeting economic, environmental and health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities, helping Scotland to become a fairer, more equal society.”

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