Two Conservative MSPs have visited major Peterhead-based employer Score. Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson joined North East MSP Alex Johnstone to meet with apprentices and staff at the company’s Ian Cheyne Building on Tuesday, April 21.
During the visit, the MSPs delivered a presentation to over 300 apprentices which was followed up by a question and answer session.
Score Group chairman Charles Ritchie began the presentation, before Alex Johnstone made opening remarks about tax and the economy.
Ruth Davidson then addressed the young employees on a range of issues including apprenticeships, college places and cutting the nation’s debt while emphasising that the Conservative Party - should it win the election in May - would seek to “keep the recovery going”.
During the question and answer session, the MSPs were quizzed on a range of issues - including the disparity between apprentices’ pay in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK; how they felt about Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP; and Barnett consequentials being passed on and spent on the NHS in Scotland.
Meanwhile, on the question of infrastructure, the Scottish Conservative leader said it was vital to invest in roads, housing and digital infrastructure in the North-east.
Afterwards, Ms Davidson and Mr Johnstone went on a tour of Score with Score chairman Charles Ritchie, Lead Engineer Julia Brown and other staff members.
Commenting, Alex Johnstone - who is standing as the Conservative candidate in Banff and Buchan at the upcoming General Election - said: “I’m delighted that Ruth has been able to come and support my campaign.
“But also I’m very pleased that Ruth is here to visit the biggest private sector employer in the North-east.
“This is a company that takes great pride in the number and quality of the apprenticeships it provides and it is an exemplar of how it should be done.”
I’m very pleased that Ruth is here to visit the biggest private sector employer in the North-east.Banff and Buchan Conservative candidate, Alex Johnstone
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson commented: “The reason I’m here is because Score does so much work on apprenticeships.
“I want to see this approach taken by other companies,” adding that she particularly impressed by the number of female apprentices employed by Score.
Score Managing Director Conrad Ritchie added: “It is vital that all youngsters of voting age educate themselves on the key issues affecting them and their families. There are numerous examples where the current elected party have let the people of the North-east down and Education and Health provision at the point of need is a very strong factual example.
“I believe a change in direction and change of party is required and today’s lecture gave these youngsters facts which they can take away and consider before they vote on May 7.”