George Welcomes Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and the campaign theme for 2018 is
‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.



George said,


‘I wholeheartedly support this scheme and agree that Apprenticeships really are the business. It’s vitally important that young people are given opportunities to learn and improve their practical skills, and apprenticeships are the perfect way to do both simultaneously.’


Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce, and shows the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to get qualified to develop their careers.


‘Business that take on apprentices and truly invest in their employees are what we want to see more of in today’s market so I was delighted to see the great scheme at St. Mirren first hand.’


‘Both boys, Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly, who are apprentice players at the club, spoke very highly of their apprenticeship and are very enthusiastic about the doors this will open for them in the future.’


‘The boys are very driven and seem to be throwing themselves into everything the apprenticeship has to offer. It’s great to see a big local name supporting local boys to reach their potential.’

Scottish Government Funding Brings Paisley Town Centre Back to Life

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has hailed the Scottish Government’s latest investment in Paisley Town Centre as the iconic Russell Institute is returned to its former glory. £2m of government money has helped support the restoration currently in progress. The Russell Institute, was donated by to Paisley by Agnes Russell and built in memorial to her two brothers.IMG_2717

Commenting on the restoration, George said, “The Russell Institute is one of Paisley’s finest and most iconic buildings. It is very important that we do not lose buildings like this and that is why it was so important that the Scottish Government provided £2m in funding to help with the restoration. In fact, it was a good number of years ago that working in partnership with the Paisley Development Trust, we came up with plans for the future of the building and undertook a feasibility study, investigating how we could give this building a new lease of life.

“After the renovation, the Scottish Government agency Skills Development Scotland will be the anchor tenant. This has been a massive undertaking by everyone involved and a massive thanks must go to all, but especially the Paisley Development Trust for having the drive and foresight to not allow this building to become another historic building lying empty for years.

“At the same time as the restoration of the Russell Institute, we see another £1.83m of Scottish Government money being used to restore the Arrnots building, while Scottish Government money has been provided to build the new flats on the same site. And just announced today, all 32 of Scotland’s councils will share £406 million in grant subsidy in 2016/17 to deliver more affordable homes, over £100 million more than last years’ allocation. This can only bode well for the our town and I hope the local authority does it upmost to secure as mush funding as possible for Paisley.”