Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Monica Lennon visited Green Apple Nursery to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide campaign which is aimed at encouraging more employers to invest in apprentices.

The campaign highlights the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to be able to develop their careers.

There are apprentices employed across Scotland within different job sectors such as engineering, construction, financial, business, health and social care, digital technology, tourism and catering.

Green Apple Nursery, based in Hamilton, employs Level 3 and Level 4 modern apprentices.

Monica Lennon said: “I was delighted to visit Green Apple Nursery and show my support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

“Apprenticeships are vital to developing a skilled workforce and it was clear from my visit that the modern apprentices employed at Green Apple Nursery are really benefitting from the chance to train through employment and develop their careers.

“The children were delightful and are thriving in a positive nursery environment, where the workforce is strengthened by talented and well-trained apprentices.”

The manager of the nursery, Nicola Wilson, added:  “Green Apple Nursery aims to have a highly skilled and qualified workforce where the children are at the centre of our care and education, providing a broad range of challenging learning experiences.

“Our Level 4 modern apprentices began with us as Level 3 practitioners and have worked their way up the ladder within our company to leader positions.

“Having apprentices within the company is beneficial as it is important that staff are constantly reflecting on practice and linking practice to current guidance and legislation. This will enable them to become strong leaders and positive role models to our children and young people, as well as modern apprentices who they may mentor.”

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