A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP between Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and local Moray schools and employers is being highly praised by a local MSP.
Richard Lochhead met with Megan Flett, who is a modern apprentice with SDS, during a briefing on the partnership in his capacity as a member of the Education and Skills Committee at the Scottish Parliament.
The MSP commented that it was great to see the partnership in action – and that he hopes it will achieve its aims of providing a future road-map for Moray’s training and employment needs.
He said: “SDS are scoping out employment opportunities for the forthcoming investment in the rail infrastructure as well as the development at Blackhillock Substation from onshore and offshore renewables.
“Here in Moray 91% of 16-19 year olds are participating in education, training or employment – which is slightly higher than the national average which is great news.
“Of course, the more training opportunities we can provide locally to young people, the less necessary it will become for our young folk to leave the area for work.
“It was an invaluable briefing to me in both my role as MSP for Moray and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee and I will of course take what I have learned and share it with my Committee colleagues in Edinburgh.”