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Local MSP visits Larkhall’s Radstone Hotel to meet with hospitality apprentices.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 was rounded off in spectacular style as Christina McKelvie MSP showcased the Radstone Hotel in Larkhall.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

The campaign theme for 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce.

The Radstone Hotel, which has employed several modern apprentices from the Lanarkshire Catering School, showcased their workforce to Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie.

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie stated:

“Once again, I was delighted to take part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week and my thanks to Skills Development Scotland for ensuring that another fantastic business within my constituency is rightly highlighted.

“The Radstone Hotel, in partnership with the Lanarkshire Catering School, have offered my constituents employment, training, skills and above all else, an opportunity to succeed within the hospitality industry.

“I’ve seen first-hand the time, dedication and real care they take in training and developing their Apprentices. They are a resounding success in offering on the job training whilst forging a career in an exciting industry.

“I would encourage all businesses throughout my constituency to consider taking part in an apprenticeship programme, offering jobs and opportunities to all my constituents.



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Rita Kelly, Training Manager of the Lanarkshire Catering School added:

“I was delighted to meet Christina and appreciated her taking the time to speak to me and to the chefs participating on the apprenticeship programme.

It is important that we continue to promote Modern Apprenticeships, demonstrating the benefits to both employees and employers. 

“As we know there is a huge skills shortage within the hospitality sector and apprenticeships can help to address this, by highlighting a wide choice of career paths, as well as helping to upskill those already working within in the industry.”

Hazel Mathieson, SDS Head of Operations for the South West said:

"Across the area, many employers, young people and their parents are backing apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships and work-based learning boost productivity, service quality and staff morale.

“There’s no better time to find out about how apprenticeships could bring benefits to your business, or about the career pathways they can provide to young people.