Trial period helps Ayton woman kick-start career

A six-week trial working in the office at Pearsons of Duns has set 19-year-old Ruth Minto, of Ayton, off on a career in business administration.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 11:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:38 am
Modern Apprentice Ruth Minto

Ruth started at Pearsons of Duns, the family-owned retailer, in April 2015. The trial was through the Employability Fund and organised by Borders College.

It was clear very early on in the trial period that Ruth had an aptitude for the office and administration work she was learning about at Pearsons and at the end of the six-week period she was offered a full-time role in the company.

Keen for Ruth to develop her skills, Pearsons enrolled her on a modern apprenticeship course, which she completed in 12 months.

With an SVQ Level 2 Business Administration MA under her belt, Ruth is now responsible for day-to day management of the compnay’s 130 biomass and 125 Fuel Express customers.

Monty Pearson, managing director of Pearsons of Duns, said: “We are really proud of Ruth’s achievement. She excels at her job and is very popular with all our customers and staff.

“She has a positive, friendly attitude and shows real commitment to her work.”

More and more employers like Monty Pearson are beginning to appreciate who modern apprenticeships and help them to develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees.

For individuals, a modern apprenticeship, is a job which lets them earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification.

Each year, over 25,000 people start a modern apprenticeship, combining a qualification with on-the-job experience. This lets people work, learn and earn at the same time.

There are over 80 modern apprenticeship frameworks – from healthcare and financial services to construction and IT. These have been developed by sector skills councils, in consultation with their industry, and are available at four different levels, some equivalent to a degree.