A PROMISING young mechanic has missed out on an apprenticeship because he went to school in East Dunbartonshire and not Glasgow.
Former Bearsden Academy pupil Ross Doyle says he has been let down by the system after he was refused support funding to start an apprenticeship at a garage in Glasgow.
The 16-year-old recently completed a mechanics course at Anniesland College, in Glasgow.
He has been gaining work experience at the In Tune garage on Maryhill Road under the supervision of the manager, his uncle Gerry Doyle.
The garage is willing to take Ross on under the Commonwealth Apprenticeship Scheme, but because he was educated in East Dunbartonshire and not Glasgow he’s been told he’s not eligible.
Gerry explained: “Ross is exceptional and I can see him doing really well as a mechanic.
“We can train him to a high standard of technical skill.
“I’m gutted that he can’t get this apprenticeship as I’d really like to keep him on.
“Unfortunately, without funding I will have to let him go.”
Gerry added: “The Commonwealth Scheme pays up to 50 per cent of the apprentice’s wages up to a maximum of £8,000.
“He would be spending four days of the week with us and one day at college, so we’d need that funding.”
Ross said: “I’m really disappointed that just because I’m not from Glasgow I can’t get on this scheme.
“I’ve left school and this is what I want to do - now I don’t know what my career options are.”
A spokesperson from Glasgow City Council said: “The Commonwealth Apprentice Initiative is only open to young people who go to school in Glasgow or who live in the city.”
Ann Davie, head of East Dunbartonshire customer relations and organisational development, said: “The Commonwealth Apprenticeship Scheme is a Glasgow City Council initiative tied in with it hosting the Commonwealth Games next year.
“Following the success of East Dunbartonshire’s Modern Apprentice programme in 2006 and 2008, consideration is now being given to launching a new programme which would be available to all young people in East Dunbartonshire.
“This would build on the success of the 2008 programme which saw five of the six Business and Administration apprentices find employment and become successfully integrated within various services across the council.”
She added: “These young people followed a two-year training programme whilst undertaking SVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.”