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