LifeScan Scotland wins at Scottish MA Awards


SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown and John McClelland CBE, chair of Skills Development Scotland presents LifeScan Scotlands Gavin Ross with the Award for Large Employer of the Year 

Inverness-based LifeScan Scotland has been named Large Employer of the Year, sponsored by SQA, at the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2014.

Gavin Ross, Engineering Manager at LifeScan Scotland, said: "This award is for the whole team at LifeScan Scotland and we are so delighted to have won it. It means a great deal to our apprentices and the company but also means such a lot to the local community. It is a real recognition of the networks we have with partners including Inverness College and UHI.”

By providing engineering apprenticeships, LifeScan Scotland is tackling the sector's skills shortage, developing a talent pipeline and providing local jobs for the community. The company, part of the Johnson and Johnson family, started its apprenticeship programme seven years ago and currently has 20 apprentices.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “LifeScan Scotland is helping young people get a head-start in Scotland’s vital life sciences and engineering sectors.  Modern Apprenticeships give young people a fantastic opportunity to work, learn and earn and each and every employer who helps a young person to do this should rightly be congratulated.”

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance said: “Congratulation to all of tonight’s winners who have again demonstrated diversity and excellence in Scotland’s flagship training programme. I wish everyone well in their future careers and hope that other budding MAs can learn a lot from their experiences.”