One of the biggest employers in Perth and Kinross is putting training at the heart of its plans for the future.
The team at leading leisure resort Crieff Hydro is backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week to demonstrate its support for apprenticeships and training.
Human resources manager Sarah Summers explains: "By investing in our people, through our own comprehensive in-house training schemes complimented by the support of the Modern Apprenticeship programme, delivered by Skills Development Scotland, we reap the rewards of having a well-trained, knowledgeable and loyal workforce."
She adds: "Our people are our most important resource and the Modern Apprenticeship programme allows them to develop their careers with us. It also has huge benefits for the individual, as they gain a better understanding of the job and, of course, an industry-recognised qualification."
Cameron McAllister joined Crieff Hydro six years ago straight from school, and has worked his way up the ranks to team leader in the hotel’s activity centre Action Glen.
The 22-year-old from Crieff has just completed a Level 3 management Modern Apprenticeship.
He explains: "Doing the Modern Apprenticeship has been very beneficial because it has made me think more about the techniques and skills involved in doing my job. It has been a great experience."
Skills Development Scotland Chair John McClelland said: "The main aims of Scottish Apprenticeship Week are to show employers the tangible benefits that Modern Apprentices can bring to their businesses as well as giving people a vital start in their careers. I hope this week will encourage employers in Perth and Kinross to offer more apprenticeship opportunities, because of the benefits apprenticeships bring to individuals, their employers’ businesses and ultimately Scotland’s economy."
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