South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy recently visited Kingsmeadows Nursery in Peebles to talk with staff, including Modern Apprentices studying at Borders College, about Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The Conservative MSP for the West Scotland region was welcomed by Kingsmeadows Manager Rebecca Graham and Borders College Director of Enterprise and Business Innovation Katharine Mathison.
Mr Hoy was interested in hearing about how the Early Years staff are developing their skills and career prospects through the Modern Apprenticeship route at College.
He also chatted to staff about the issues and challenges faced by privately owned nurseries and the benefits of apprentices in the vitally important sector.
Commenting on his visit, Mr Hoy said:
“It was great to join Modern Apprentices from Borders College at Kingsmeadows Nursery for National Apprenticeship Week, and find out more about how their learning experience incorporates working in a real nursery.
“I believe that Modern Apprenticeships can prove to be a valuable alternative to university as they get students into rewarding and high-skilled work. College apprenticeships can be tailored to the individual throughout their college education, and I would strongly encourage those interested in doing an apprenticeship to get in touch with the team at Borders College to find out more.”