Travel firm leads the way on apprenticeship scheme

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SCOTLAND’s youth employment minister has called for more companies to invest in young people through apprenticeship schemes.

Angela Constance made the call during a visit to Barrhead Travel after the firm announced plans to engage 50 apprentices at branches across the country earlier this year .

Ms Constance said such investment is “the right thing to do” in difficult economic times and “the smart thing to do” to grow businesses.

Apprentices will get on-the-job training, travel expenses and staff benefits as they work towards an industry-recognised NVQ qualification in travel and tourism.

Ms Constance said: “This is absolutely the right thing to do in these difficult economic times and also the smart thing to do for business growth. I hope that the commitment shown by the company will encourage others to support our young people.”