Nicole swaps make-up for tune-ups as she gears up for a brand new career

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A DETERMINED teenager has gone from make-up to tune-ups as she helps to blaze a trail for young workers from East Dunbartonshire.

Nicole Gallagher (19), from Bishopbriggs, studied make-up at college – but she has exchanged lipsticks for gearsticks thanks to Arnold Clark and The Prince’s Trust.

Nicole shone on their joint programme, ‘Get into Car Mechanics’, and has now secured a four-year apprenticeship – after months of striving for employment opportunities.

She said: “As soon as I heard about Get into Car Mechanics I knew it was what I wanted to do.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time. The Prince’s Trust has been amazing.

“The best part about the course was proving that to myself and everybody that doubted me – girls can do it too, it is not just a male-dominated environment.“

Nicole added: “I have thought about starting my own business, an all-female garage. I might even consider management in the future. It’s a huge opportunity at Arnold Clark and an honour to work there.”

Meanwhile, Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has praised ScotRail’s award-winning modern apprenticeship scheme after meeting its latest recruits – including Ashleigh Smart (20), of Bishopbriggs, and Gavin De Marco (19), from Lenzie.

Ms McLeod said: “All the apprentices were keen to tell me how much they were enjoying their training, which is a testament to the commitment of Scotrail staff. I hear they are going to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge for the NSPCC.

“That made my stomach wobble, but shows just how thoughtful these young people are.”

They are among 14 apprentices aged 16-24-years-old in the ScotRail scheme which offers valuable experience in key frontline customer service roles including on-train, station staff and hospitality.

Meanwhile, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has offered apprenticeships in a range of areas to almost 50 young people.

Megan Stark (20), from Moodiesburn, was part of the last programme and is currently working at Glasgow Royal Infirmary as a trainer.

She said: “This was a fantastic way for me to gain the knowledge and skills I needed for the type of career I wanted.”

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