Accolade for modern apprentice

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Talented young Borderer Auryn Chorley has picked up a prestigious award at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh.

The 17-year-old former Berwickshire High student from Swinton was named Level 2 Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards in the city’s Assembly Rooms.

The accolade from Skills Development Scotland acknowledges his “dedication and commitment” to progressing his career through to the Modern Apprenticeship route.

Present at the recent ceremony was a delighted Anna White, founder of Duns-based tartan clothing and interiors specialist ScotlandShop, who initially took on Auryn straight from school 
in September last year.

Recruited by training provider Intec Business Colleges and with financial support from the Employment Recruitment Incentive scheme, which supports employers in the initial months of an apprenticeship, Auryn gained his SVQ in retail skills and, after being offered a full-time job, he recently achieved his Modern Apprenticeship in Retail at Level 2.

Auryn now has a key role within the six-strong ScotlandShop team, selling products online, processing and packaging orders, maintaining the data base and stockroom and actively marketing the firm’s services.

“He has an exemplary approach to customer service which perfectly fits the culture of our business,” said Anna.

“We are all thrilled he has received national recognition.”