Aberdeenshire businesses will be encouraged to employ more Modern Apprentices as the third Scottish Apprenticeship Week got underway on Monday.
Skills Development Scotland wants to work with bosses to recruit 25,000 new Modern Apprentices - matching the 25,000 training last year across more than 80 different occupations.
It is hoped local employers will see the benefits Modern Apprentices can bring to their businesses and to Scotland’s economy, while giving people the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’.
Craig Wilson, owner of Eat on the Green, is backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs until May 24.
The chef, who opened the restaurant in Ellon nine years ago, said: “It is vital we bring young people into the business and support staff who want to progress their careers. It’s our lifeline.”
He plans to develop Eat on the Green into a world-class restaurant, incorporating a new champagne lounge, a chef’s table dining experience with a camera straight into the kitchen and a kitchen studio offering one-to-one tuition in lifestyle cooking.
“Training and investment in my staff, through programmes like Skills Development Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeships, are at the heart of my plans,” he explains.”
Alex Edwards first worked for Eat on the Green, washing dishes at weekends while he was still at school.
The 22-year-old from Pitmedden is now duty manager, working towards a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership.
He says: “The MA has shown me there is a lot more to the job than I’d thought and I have been able to use the skills I have learned in day to day situations. “
Around 11,000 employers in Scotland are already taking advantage of the Modern Apprenticeship programme