A modern apprentice has shared his skills and knowledge with a local MSP as part of Skills Development Scotland’s "apprentice for the day" initiative.

Kieron Dryden, who is in the final year of his four-year apprenticeship in painting and decorating with Clydebank firm Baxter & Gillespie Ltd, demonstrated the skills he has acquired to MSP Gil Paterson.

The family firm was established in Clydebank in 1970 and has been run by the second generation of both families for the last 25 years.

They employ around 20 apprentices and say that the level of proficiency gained from the training they give ensures a bright future.

Mr Paterson said: “Kieron showed an impressive level of workmanship and it is great to see young people being given the opportunity to work, learn and earn while gaining professional qualifications.

“Employers also benefit by being able to train talented youngsters to suit their business needs.

“I’d like to thank Kieron and Baxter & Gillespie for giving me this insight into the modern apprenticeship programme and would encourage all young people to consider a modern apprenticeship as a means of achieving their career ambitions.”