A Glenrothes apprentice, who recently won the Lantra Scotland Modern Apprentice of the Year Award, is urging more young people to consider a vocational route into work.
Bryan Gove believes too many young people discount vocational studies, and industries that favour on the job training, choosing the well-trodden path of a university or college education instead.
Speaking during Modern Apprentice Week, Mr Gove said: “School was never a great experience for me, and I know many others like me who perhaps feeling going to college was the only viable option for them.
“Since registering for a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level Two in land-based service operations with Netherton Tractors, I have gone from strength to strength and winning the Lantra Modern Apprentice of the Year Award has been the icing on the cake.
“The scheme offers young people like me the opportunity to combine college education with ‘on the job’ training and I believe this gives me an advantage over many people my age.
“Employers are looking for people who have work experience and an understanding of the working environment, and I don’t believe having a university degree is necessarily the best option to get people work ready, particularly in the manual trades or industries that require highly technical skill sets.”
Willie Fergusson, head of Lantra Scotland, described Bryan as “a shining example” of the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme working at its best and said young people should explore all viable options.