This week Neil Findlay MSP (Monday, 5th March) met with apprentices at Livingston Autoparts as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Joined by representatives from Skills Development Scotland Neil met with Bill Burnside, the owner of Livingston Autoparts, to discuss the local apprentices they employ and the training they offer.
Livingston Autoparts was established in 1979 and has grown to become one of the largest independent distributors of car parts and car accessories in Scotland.
Apprenticeships are designed to tackle potential skills gaps, and support new or existing employees to develop.
9.1% of all 16-24 year olds in West Lothian in employment are taking part in Modern Apprenticeships . The Scottish average is 9%.
year olds in employment
Neil Findlay said:
“Getting young people into skilled work is at the heart of my politics and its always good to meet employers willing to give apprentices a chance.
“In West Lothian I am working closely with the council and employers to encourage the uptake of apprentices and I hope to see a significant rise in their uptake in the years to come.
In June the Labour Party committed to banning unpaid internships and increasing the number of apprenticeships. In opposition we will continue to strive for that”