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Danielle Ovens and Stuart Mackay are helping one of Scotland’s most traditional industries plan for the future.

The applied science Modern Apprentices work for Diageo at the multinational company’s Glenochil location in Clackmannanshire.

Their work is primarily based in the site’s laboratories where everything from raw ingredients to packaging is constantly tested and monitored.

Former Alloa Academy pupil Danielle had always wanted to work in a science-related role. She heard about the opportunity with drinks giant Diageo and thought it would suit her.

The 19-year-old from Tullibody and Stuart, who is from Grangemouth, applied and successfully secured the Modern Apprenticeships to join Diageo’s workforce and study with Forth Valley College.

“I am really enjoying the apprenticeship and everyone is supportive,” said Danielle, who on successful completion of her Modern Apprenticeship hopes to continue her career by progressing onto her HND and gaining further health and safety qualifications over the next few years.

Stuart, who is also 19, had enjoyed biology while he was at Grangemouth High School and was also looking for a science-related career.

“Like Danielle, I enjoy working here. The people are fantastic and they encourage you to do well. It is really rewarding."

Stuart Mackay

Angus Clyne, who is analytical sciences manager at the Glenochil site, highlighted the qualities that make them both such good apprentices.

“They both want to learn and are interested and enthusiastic. Danielle is very organised and efficient and Stuart is never afraid to ask questions, which is a very good thing,” he said.

Diageo has a long-held reputation for supporting apprenticeships of all kinds in its business.

“Apprenticeships are an opportunity to get talent at a young age into the business and to help them grow and influence their training. It is very important to get the right apprentices, which is why we work closely with Forth Valley College, who know the skill set we are looking for and that we want to develop,” said Angus.

Zak Stark, development manager for business development at Forth Valley College, said: “Danielle and Stuart are part of a growing number of people who are recognising the benefits of apprenticeships. They are receiving professional training to meet the business needs of Diageo with lots of hands-on practical experience in the workplace as opposed to just traditional study in a classroom. They also receive a salary and already know that they enjoy the job they’re training for."

“They are both excellent apprentices with great careers ahead of them and we’re extremely proud of what they’ve achieved so far.”

Zak Stark, Forth Valley College

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