Briggs Congratulates Lothian Finalist in the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2017

News release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Briggs Congratulates Lothian Finalist in the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2017

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is an annual competition to celebrate the good work carried out across Scotland by apprentices who play an important role in businesses, the Scottish economy and also improve their own work-based learning. The awards are organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow on 16th November. The nominees from Lothian are:

  • Lisa Daniel has been chosen as one of the contenders in the Modern Apprentice Level 4 and above category of the Awards. Electrical engineer Lisa works in Edinburgh’s Leonardo MW Ltd company and has developed a new quality training infrastructure for other apprentices coming into her department.

  • Lisa’s employer is hoping for a win in the Large Employer category of this year’s Awards, for workplaces with more than 500 employees. Leonardo MW Ltd is part of a international company and its Edinburgh operation is a global leader in leaser and radar technologies. The company has 71 apprentices and runs four different apprenticeship programmes.

  • Visit Scotland worker Rachel Woods is a finalist in the Apprentice Ambassdor category. Rachel, who completed a customer experience apprenticeship, is an integral part of the Visit Scotland team. She has become an advocate for apprenticeships and had a key role in SDS’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week campaign in March.

  • Rachel’s employer is hoping for double success. Visit Scotland is a contender in the Public Sector Employer category. The organisation has seen a three-fold increase in the number of young people applying for apprenticeships. There is also strong internal competition to have an apprentice placed in different areas of the organisation.

  • Also hoping to take the Public Sector Employer category award is Scottish Water. It has a well-established apprenticeship programme across the country with a large number of diverse roles. The organisation’s apprentices are currently developing a training package for science teachers which helps link classroom work with practical, on the job knowledge.

  • Musselburgh company JK Thompson is a finalist in the SME Employer category for workplaces of fewer than 250 employees. The fish processing company started its Modern Apprenticeships programme six years ago and won the SME Employer award in 2014. It has seen its workforce increase from 70 to 120 in the last year.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP comments:

“The Apprenticeship scheme does an excellent job in giving young adults tremendous work experience, as well as providing Scottish companies with valuable support. I congratulate all of the Lothian finalists and wish them luck at the award day on the 16th.”


Miles Briggs