MSP’s praise for ScotRail apprenticeship programme

MSP Jackie Baillie has praised First ScotRail’s modern apprenticeship scheme after meeting the train operator’s latest recruits.

Jackie Baillie MSP with apprentices Craig Stirling and Aisling Naughton

She said ScotRail’s Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service – the first of its kind in the GB rail industry – was setting a fine example by boosting youth skills and employment.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP’s comments came after she met a number of the apprentices – including Craig Stirling, from Dumbarton, and Aisling Naughton, from Helensburgh – at ScotRail’s purpose-built training academy in Glasgow.

Craig, 19, and Aisling, 18, are among 15 young people who joined the scheme earlier this year.

The 18-month programme includes a mixture of classroom and workplace learning, with apprentices having the opportunity to apply for a full-time job with ScotRail upon successful completion.

Jackie said: “I was delighted to meet Craig and Aisling and the other young people who were accepted on the Scotrail apprenticeship programme.

“They are being offered a valuable opportunity to improve their skills and their employability in a company with a great reputation for customer service.”

Aisling, a former Hermitage Academy pupil, said: “I love meeting new people and the scheme is letting me do that – as well as giving me the opportunity to work as part of a team to serve the public, which is something I enjoy.”