MSPs praise ScotRail apprenticeship scheme

MSPs have praised ScotRail’s modern apprenticeship scheme, which helps young people gain experience and employment opportunities.

Maureen Watt MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, and Neil Bibby MSP described ScotRail’s Modern Apprenticeships in customer service as a ‘pioneering project to boost young people’s skills’.

The MSPs’ comments followed a tour of the train operator’s Training Academy where they met a number of the apprentices.

ScotRail’s 18-month programme covers three key customer service roles – ticket examiner, station staff and hospitality.

The 11 young people involved are all on course to complete their apprenticeships and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards this summer.

Ms Watt, MSP for Aberdeen South & North Kincardine, said:

“I was particularly impressed by the high calibre of the young people involved with its Modern Apprenticeship programme, which provides a valuable route into employment.”

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director of ScotRail, said that nurturing young talent is an ‘excellent way of creating a highly skilled and loyal workforce’:

“We are very pleased with the progress of our young recruits, whose enthusiasm and hard work has made a positive impact on the business.

“In return, they are receiving first rate training to equip them with the skills to forge a successful career.”

Paul Champion

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