A visit from the First Minister

Lothian help launch Scottish Apprentice Week

We had a visit from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon today to help launch Scottish Apprentice week.

This annual campaign encourages employers to take on apprentices and promotes the benefits of work-based learning bring to businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited our Central Garage to meet some of our some of our Apprentices, Operations Team and our now famous bus driver Charmaine Laurie.

Lothian has been running apprentice training programmes for the last eleven years training over 90 engineers.  We currently employee 29 young and mature apprentices.

Jim Armstrong, Lothian's Engineering Director said:

Our approach to apprentice training focuses on the key objective of future proofing our business and industry. We understand the importance and real value of helping develop technical and life skills amongst our young people to ensure that they go on to have successful lives and careers.

Working with Skills Development Scotland and GTG Training, we have also invested at our own cost by taking on mature apprentices. We’ve had significant success in this and are the only bus company in Scotland to be doing this.

Over the last twelve years, Lothian has trained over eighty apprentices and retained over thirty-one young apprentices and twenty four mature apprentices. Of them, I’m delighted to say, five have progressed their careers and are now in supervisory roles within our engineering department. We are totally committed to the ongoing development and success of our Apprenticeship Programme and look forward to a bright future.

Posted on: Mon, March 05, 2018 at 2:29
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