Angela Constance, MSP for Almond Valley was delighted to meet the modern apprentices at Glenmorangie’s Production Site in Livingston. The visit formed part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 3rd to 6th March to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the range of opportunities they offer.
A first for Glenmorangie, the Production Associate Modern Apprenticeships were created to support the brand’s continued growth, its strong staff retention and to provide transferable skills for the next generation of aspirational leaders. The six modern apprentices are currently completing an MA in Spirits and Operations across a 2 year modern apprenticeship, giving them the education and insight into Glenmorangie as well as the wider spirits industry.
Commenting after the visit Ms Constance said “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and tour of the Glenmorangie state of the art bottling facility. It was fantastic to see the enthusiastic apprentices at Glenmorangie and to hear more about the opportunities available to them in their lifelong learning. It is quite clear they are all learning a number of life and work-based skills, and I was delighted to be able to offer my support.”
Throughout Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the apprentices have also supported the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) job fair by helping young people understand the diversity of skills required in the spirits industry.
Grant McDougall, Skills Development Scotland Head of Operations, South East region added “This year, Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the diversity which makes work-based learning good for individuals, employers and the economy. Apprenticeships are for everyone, no matter their background and for every business, no matter its size or sector. It is fantastic to see businesses in the Livingston area backing apprenticeships and see the achievements of individuals benefiting from work-based learning. Businesses report that employing apprentices boosts productivity and staff morale whilst apprentices tell us that they would recommend apprenticeships to others.”
Attached – photograph of Angela Constance MSP with modern apprentices and Peter Nelson, Operations Director, Glenmorangie.
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