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James Dornan MSP spent time at Bright Beginnings Nursery learning from Modern Apprentice Usman Alam as part of Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Apprentice for the Day challenge.

Bright Beginnings is a nursery based in Mount Florida and offers high quality childcare in partnership with Glasgow City Council.

During his visit Mr Dornan shadowed Modern Apprentice Usman Alam and Supervisor Alison Bulloch.

Mr Dornan was keen to promote childcare opportunities for male apprentices and wanted to highlight the good work Usman was doing to challenge gender stereotypes that exist regarding men working in childcare.

James Dornan MSP (top right) with Early Years Modern Apprentice Usman Alam and children from Bright Beginnings nursery.

More opportunities within Early Years

Mr Dornan joined in a messy play session helping the children to paint a dinosaur.

Mr Dornan said: “Visiting a nursery to see some of the great opportunities for apprentices was fantastic; we should be encouraging more and more young people to break down gender barriers and men working with young children is an excellent example of that.

"As the Scottish Government plans to expand the provision of early years childcare; then we need to fill a skills gap with a young and talented workforce.

"Apprentices fill skills gaps across various sectors in Scotland and I’m delighted to see an ever increasing number of young people being offered these fantastic opportunities”.

Importance of work-based learning

Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland, said: “The Apprentice for the Day challenge is a great opportunity to highlight the important role which work-based learning plays in Scotland’s economy.

“Employers like Bright Beginnings benefit from the programme just as much as the apprentices themselves, as they are able to access and train talent to suit their business needs. There has never been a better time to get involved with apprenticeships.”

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