Morgan shows she’s a class act

Morgan McKie and former employer Valerie Marshall
Morgan McKie and former employer Valerie Marshall

A Newton Stewart teenager who became a Modern Apprentice at her former school is urging businesses across Dumfries and Galloway to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from May 20-24.

Morgan McKie believes her Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Children’s Care Learning and Development, supported by Skills Development Scotland, has transformed her career options.

She hopes other businesses will consider supporting young people looking for their first step on the career ladder.

Morgan, 18, explained: “My MA gave me the confidence to develop my skills and think about a career doing something I really enjoy. It was a fantastic experience.”

Douglas Ewart pupil Morgan volunteered in the high school’s Learning Support Centre, which works with children who have learning support needs.

The school’s former depute head, Valerie Marshall, said: “Morgan showed a natural flair for working in what is a particularly challenging area, and we decided to employ her as a Modern Apprentice.

“She quickly became a respected part of the team in both the Learning Centre and in the mainstream school, and we have witnessed her growing confidence and capability.”

Mrs Marshall added: “It was inspiring to watch. Morgan has shown how in becoming a Modern Apprentice, a young person can translate a particular interest or flair into a meaningful career step.”

Since completing the MA, Morgan has been offered a full-time job at a local care home, where she intends to complete a further MA.

“I love working with people, and I hope I can continue to develop my skills and experience through the Modern Apprenticeship programme,” she said.

Skills Development Scotland chairman John McClelland said: “The main aims of Scottish Apprenticeship Week are to show employers the tangible benefits that Modern Apprentices can bring to their businesses as well as giving people a vital start in their careers.

“I hope this week will encourage employers in Dumfries and Galloway to offer more apprenticeship opportunities, because of the benefits apprenticeships bring to individuals, their employers’ businesses and ultimately Scotland’s economy.”