A Monifieth businesswoman has been honoured at Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.
Judges chose Zest, in St Andrews, as Scotland’s Micro Employer of the Year. The coffee shop and salad bar is owned by Monifieth’s Lisa Cathro.
Zest has trained five Modern Apprentices, including Lisa, who completed a management apprenticeship, and has always had an apprentice in training in recent years.
Lisa, 34, felt the apprenticeship had worked so well for her, she wanted to introduce in to the workplace and the employees and the business have gone from strength to strength.
The St Andrews company offers work experience to people from Castle Huntly prison and employs staff who have autism and special needs.
After receiving her Award, Lisa said: “It is really exciting for us and has come at a perfect time as we are about to start our own training company. It reinforces everything we do. The award is for everyone in the business and is just terrific.”
Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment, attended the Awards and said: “Congratulations to all of the 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.”
SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “Congratulations to Zest and the other finalists. It is fantastic to be able to recognise their achievements and the positive example they are setting to others. It is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and highlight the benefits of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme to both individuals and employers.”
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