Former Hibs and Scotland striker Keith Wright became a trainee road worker for a day to highlight the benefits of working as an apprentice.
He was happy to don heavy-duty boots and a hard hat and join the team at Midlothian Council’s Fushiebridge depot, near Gorebridge.
He said: “I was a trainee account clerk at the estate agency Gumley’s in Edinburgh while I was also playing part-time football for Raith Rovers.
“The great thing is that skills you learn are never wasted.
“I now work as the football development officer with Midlothian Council and the office skills I learned back then I really need to do my job now.”
Scottish Apprenticeship Week begins on May 20 and the council’s recruitment event takes place on Friday, June 7, at 9.30am in Newbattle Community High School.