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Conon forestry woman able to branch out with modern apprenticeship

Posted by | 2nd June 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

A Ross-Shire woman already recognised with an award for her efforts in gaining a qualification in forestry is leading a new wave of modern apprentices into work.

Trees and Timber Modern Apprentice, Heather Forbes from Conon Bridge, is one of many young people choosing a vocational route into work through Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, instead of going to university.

Her story has been highlighted to tie in with Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week which ends today (Friday). It was set up by the Scottish Government’s national skills body, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), to highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.

According to SDS, three-quarters of modern apprentices expect to remain with their current employer after completing their training, while around two thirds will take on increased responsibility and improved pay.

These kind of figures are making the scheme an increasingly attractive option for many young people who are concerned about running up student debts at university.

Heather Forbes has taken full advantage of the scheme, which has helped her excel as a Trees and Timber apprentice working with the Forestry Commission Scotland in Invernes-shire.

Read more at The Ross-Shire Journal by clicking here

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