Michelle Ballantyne, MSP for South Scotland, visited the Tontine hotel in Peebles during Skills Development Scotland’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
During her visit, Mrs. Ballantyne spoke to staff at the Tontine hotel about their experiences as apprentices and how apprenticeship programmes have helped young people in their career progression.
Speaking to hotel management, the South Scotland politician discussed how apprenticeships could be mutually beneficial for both businesses and young people looking for employment.
In particular, she spoke to four apprentices at the hotel who shared their experiences. Becky Oates and Jack Dickson have both won regional awards in their roles as a receptionist and in Food and Beveridge and will both compete in the national finals in Glasgow this next month.
Reflecting on her experience, Michelle Ballantyne pointed out the Tontine Hotel as a good example of how apprenticeships can benefit employers and young people and highlighted why they should be promoted throughout the Borders.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“The Tontine is really committed to apprenticeships and to developing opportunities for young people.
“I was extremely impressed. The success of their individual apprentices is a credit to the individuals and to the owners and staff at the hotel.
“It’s a clear example of how apprenticeships can be incredibly beneficial, not only to young people looking for experience but also to employers looking for talented young people.
“During Scottish Apprenticeship Week we should be looking at how best we can encourage more apprenticeships in the Borders and provide great employment opportunities for young people.
“I wish Becky and Jack the best of luck in the finals of their respective competitions.”