Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore spent two days as an apprentice, as part of the ‘A Million Jobs for a Stronger Economy’ campaign.
The Borders MP worked as an apprentice at Mainetti on Friday 30 August as part of his campaign to encourage more local businesses to run apprenticeships.
Michael shadowed apprentices at the Jedburgh hanger factory just days after visiting apprentice car mechanics at D S Dalgleish & Son and has been working at a local and national level to address the issue of youth unemployment.
He will be holding an apprentice showcase in the Borders later in the year with local businesses and education providers.
As part of the Youth Contract, the Coalition Government is offering employers wage incentives of up to £2,275 for taking on a young unemployed person.
“Following on from my afternoon as an apprentice at Dalgleish on Monday, it was great to be able to spend time with other apprentices on Friday, this time at Mainetti in Jedburgh.
“Mainetti is a very important local employer and in my discussions with them over recent years, I have encouraged them to develop their plans to take on apprentices to train up the next generation of employees.
“From the afternoon I have spent with them it’s clear that the apprentices are really enjoying the scheme and have become an indispensable part of the team at Mainetti.
“I am convinced that apprenticeships are a vital way of both tackling youth unemployment and boosting the workforce at local businesses. This is why, over the next few months I will be working with local companies and other stakeholders to try and encourage more and more businesses to follow Mainetti and Dalgleish's lead by taking on apprentices.
“If you would like to get involved in my jobs campaign, please feel free to contact my office for more information.”