Midlothian apprentice full of praise for scheme

Council land and countryside apprentice Jack Grandison
Council land and countryside apprentice Jack Grandison

A former St David’s High School pupil is “testament to the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.”

So says Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), the council’s cabinet member for making sure as many school leavers go onto positive destinations such as a job or college course.

Jack Grandison beat off stiff competition from 140 or so applicants to secure an apprenticeship with the council’s Land and Countryside Services last August.

The 17-year-old, who lives with his mum Maureen and older brother Ryan in Rosewell, said: “I was really nervous that I wouldn’t get the job so it was a big relief to find out I’d been successful and that I didn’t have to worry about getting a job in the next two years.”

As well as working full-time with the council, Jack goes to Oatridge College in West Lothian one day a week to study for a Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 2 in horticulture.

He added: “I’m really enjoying being here. I like being out and about doing different jobs every day. It’s never boring. I’m working towards becoming a landscape gardener one day.”

Councillor Constable said: “Figures released in December 2014, confirm the percentage of young people in Midlothian leaving school and going on to a positive destination such as further education or an apprenticeship is up almost five per cent on the previous year.

“The figures, collated by the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, demonstrate that 93.9 per cent of school leavers in Midlothian found a job, enrolled in college or training or secured another positive destination such as volunteering.

“This compares with 89.2 per cent last year.”