Local MP Jo Swinson welcomed Kirkintilloch business owner Robert Wilson of Robert Wilson Decorators and two of his apprentices, Ryan Barbour and Scott Mathers, to a reception in Parliament this week.
Robert, who was named Scotland’s most trusted decorator in 2012 by Dulux Trade paint, and his apprentices were in London to attend a reception hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to celebrate the success of employers and apprentices.
Apprentices and their employers had the chance to quiz Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a question and answer session, as well as have their photograph taken with the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“The Liberal Democrats have helped to create a million jobs, now we want to create a million more and apprenticeships are crucial to that.
“Apprenticeships create new opportunities for young men and women and provide businesses with the loyal and capable staff they need to compete and expand.
“To see how much these young people have achieved through apprenticeships is inspirational.
“These young people are a credit to themselves, their employers, and an asset to our businesses.
“I want to see apprenticeships viewed as a much more mainstream route to work.”
Commenting Jo said:
“It was wonderful to welcome Robert and his apprentices Ryan and Scott to Westminster. Robert Wilson has been provided rewarding apprenticeship experiences in the local area for many years and Ryan and Scott spoke of how much they have benefitted from the experience.
“Apprenticeships are a crucial building block for the stronger economy and fairer society we all seek.
“Through apprenticeships young people are learning the skills they need for their future careers.
“These young people are learning, not just in a classroom or lecture theatre, but in the working environment and they are getting paid for it. And for employers apprenticeships are incredibly useful in building up a loyal workforce.”
Pictured from left to right: Jo Swinson, Robert Wilson, Ryan Barbour, Nick Clegg and Scott Mathers