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Modern Apprentice digital journalists got the chance to quiz the Scottish First Minister yesterday at an event for young people.

Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprentices Daisy Smith, Callum Beaton and Craig Tough put their training into practice during an interview with Nicola Sturgeon.

The Forth Valley College apprentices were invited to the event by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), who have developed the apprenticeships alongside Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the college.

Daisy, an apprentice with STV News, interviewed the First Minister and contributed to a video produced for the Scottish Government’s website.

She explained: “It was really exciting for all of us and a great experience through our apprenticeships.

“I never thought I would have the opportunity to interview the First Minister at the age of 18.

“Even though I only started my apprenticeship in October I’ve had the chance to gain lots of brilliant experiences.”

Dr Ken Thomson, Forth Valley College Principal, said: “We’re very proud of our Creative and Digital Media MAs and this was a fantastic opportunity for them to meet and interview the First Minister.

“They are learning so much on this innovative course which has been created in partnership with the College, the NUJ and Skills Development Scotland and they are bound to benefit from this excellent experience interviewing Scotland’s leading politician.”

Fiona Davidson, NUJ Scotland digital journalism liaison officer, said: “It’s not often trainee journalists get the opportunity to interview Scotland’s First Minister.

“Daisy was given the chance to do a piece-to-camera linking various aspects of the event for a video produced by the Scottish Government’s media team which was a great opportunity for her.”

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