Joan McAlpine MSP has praised local company Minerva for its work delivering Modern Apprenticeships across the region.
Ms McAlpine met Modern Apprentices and their assessors along with Directors Tricia and Andrew Hunter last Friday.
“The Modern Apprentices I met were all learning while in work in fields like childcare and administration.
“Minerva work hard at finding employers to take on an Apprentice and matching them with a young person.
“It’s important that young people know there are alternatives to college and university, and it’s really encouraging that more than 2,500 modern apprenticeship starts have been introduced in Dumfries and Galloway in the past three years.
“There are of course barriers in rural communities which need to be addressed and we need to keep developing Modern Apprenticeship programmes to take account of that.
“For example, as Tricia explained to me, many micro Businesses cannot afford a full time Modern Apprentice, so exploring schemes where a young person can complete their Apprenticeship with two employers – giving them full time work – is definitely something we should look at.”