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Every nursery in Scotland has a ready supply of brightly coloured paper, but there is a special reason why one Aberdeenshire nursery always make sure it has plenty pink paper on hand.

This particular shade of pink paper is vital in helping Modern Apprentice Briony Shrieve with her training.

Briony has severe dyslexia and the pink paper helps her read, rather than have the words appear to her as a jumbled mess.

“I have had dyslexia since I was at nursery and feel that it is nothing to hide. I would rather be honest than struggle on my own,” said Briony, who is from Banchory.

Since she started her Modern Apprenticeship at the town’s Woodlands Nursery last February, she has coped well with her training and has been given lots of support by her manager and colleagues.

“My workplace is very supportive. Even though we are a busy setting, they take time to go over things with me and do that in smaller chunks, which is helpful. I feel like they are doing as much as they can to support me,” she explained.

Briony, who is 21, also has readers, scribes and easy read formats to help her with the theory side of her Level 3 Social Services Children and Young People Modern Apprenticeship.

 

“I have had dyslexia since I was at nursery and feel that it is nothing to hide. I would rather be honest than struggle on my own”

Briony Shrieve, her Level 3 Social Services Children and Young People Modern Apprentice

The nursery’s managing director Anna Adam said it is the practical side where Briony excels.

She said: “Briony is very enthusiastic and eager to learn. She simply gets on with her work and does it very well. Briony is very kind and very committed to the children and her colleagues.”

Anna believes Modern Apprenticeships are a great way for people to work, learn and earn and for businesses to develop their workforce.

She explained: “I think learning on the job works best of all for those people who are practical learners who are gaining new skills as they go and learning from their experienced colleagues who share their knowledge.

“Apprenticeships also allow you to train people in the way that works best for you.”

Training provider Kirsty MacBeath, director of Cairn Training, said: “Briony needed some support because of her severe dyslexia such as printing on pink paper and we have been working closely with Aberdeenshire Council’s learning and development team so she now has a scribe to help her when she needs it. She is a highly driven

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