Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart meets apprentices in Inverness

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship week, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, dropped in on well-established firm, Moray Firth Training Group.

The group, based in Harbour Road, Inverness, has been in existence since 1966 and operates throughout the Highlands and Islands, including Orkney and Shetland, and apprentices are generally aged between 16 and 19.

Over a three to four-year period it can have 100 apprentices through its doors. As well as training mechanics and others from the garage industry, it carries out First Aid training.

Mr Stewart not only met the apprentices from the automotive training centre, but Mark Ogilvie, Managing Director, and James Hay, Skills Development Scotland Skills Investment Advisor. This year’s theme was ‘Talent without Limits’.

“It was great to see the work carried out by this group and talk with the apprentices,” said Mr Stewart.

“Visiting this firm has strengthened my view that apprenticeships are much needed – not everyone needs a degree to get on and achieve a worthwhile career. I wish all the young people and the dedicated staff all the best for the future.”

  • Photo shows Mr Ogilvie on far left and Mr Hay on far right with David, the apprentices plus also pictured Nicol Adie – Training Director and John Craig Training Instructor