You’re Hired: Perth apprentice tops charts for business support

Christie Duff (21), a modern apprentice who works at Perth based MDG Group, has placed second in a nationwide contest run by computing giant Microsoft.Christie Runner up

The Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year attracted over 1000 entries with fierce competition to make it to the shortlist of just nine candidates from across Scotland. For the former Bell Baxter High School student, however, her 18 months’ tenure at MDG Group in Perth had stood her in good stead and she placed runner up in her award category of Business Support.

The Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards recognise the importance of Modern Apprenticeships to Scotland’s economy. Each year over 25,000 people start a modern apprenticeship combining academic qualifications with on the job training. It is estimated by Skills Development Scotland that 92% of modern apprentices are still in full time work 6 months after completing their apprenticeship.

Christie’s route to Modern Apprentice started when she completed an SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Perth College and joined MDG under the watchful eyes of YouTrain, a Scottish based provider of training and apprenticeship solutions. Now, having worked at MDG Group for 18 months and completed her apprenticeship, Christie has already been promoted to the role of Account Manager within the business and is continuing her career progression working for one of Scotland’s leading business cost consultancies.

Managing Director of MDG Group, Douglas Reid, said:

“Christie was our first ever Modern Apprentice and she has really impressed us all with her energy and talent. She has made a real contribution to our business and we were not surprised she made the shortlist. We’re delighted she’s staying with us and we will continue to develop her talent as the company grows.”

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