Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire visited the TIGERS / Carillion Training Centre at Bishopbriggs last Friday as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2012.
Jo praised the successful work delivered by the TIGERS team resulting in the creation of 271 modern apprenticeships in the past 18 months within a variety of industries including construction, automobile, childcare, and retail. Since 2009 the joint venture with Carillion has created more than 400 modern apprenticeships.
Commenting Jo said:
“It was wonderful to celebrate the fantastic achievements of local apprentices as they received their certificates. I applaud the initiative by TIGERS/ Carillion Training Centre to prepare young people for long successful careers.”
“I know how important and life-changing apprenticeships can be. People who are out of work for a sustained period when they’re young can find it difficult to hold down jobs throughout their working lives. This is why I set up the Get East Dunbartonshire Working Scheme last month. The goal is to find 100 work or training opportunities in 100 days. To date we’ve found 35 placements for local residents.”
Commenting John Gibson, Managing Director of TIGERS said:
“Our experiences with businesses tell us that young people who are well shaped and prepared for entry into employment are an asset. Early engagement and modern apprenticeships assist not only in the personal development of the employee but are of massive value to business in terms of added skills, continued learning and work motivation. This leads to high levels of production, loyalty and profitability for the business”.
From left to right John Gibson Managing Director TIGERS, Gemma Clark, Robert Stevenson, Andrew Cuddihy, Jo Swinson