Colin Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, visited MacTaggart Scott as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Established in 1898, MacTaggart Scott is a privately owned Scottish engineering company based in Loanhead near the city of Edinburgh. Along with its extensive technical resources and manufacturing facilities, MacTaggart Scott has contributed to projects such as Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the largest ships built by the Royal Navy, as well as the Tower Bridge and the Thames Barrier in London.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the successes of apprentices across the country as they prepare to enter the workforce. Apprenticeship programs such as that of MacTaggart Scott allow for crucial skills development and network-building opportunities that give young Scots an advantage in multiple industries and sectors. Data from the Scottish Government notes that 75% of employers felt that Modern Apprentices improved productivity. Studies by Skills Development Scotland show that 91% of apprentices are still in employment six months after completing their programs.
Commenting on the visit, Colin Beattie said:
“I enjoyed my visit to MacTaggart Scott, Loanhead and am grateful for their strong efforts in supporting Scottish apprenticeships. The apprentices I met were bright young individuals with promising futures and I wish them the best luck moving forward.”