We were delighted to recently have a visit from Mark McDonald MSP to our Inverness Office. Mr McDonald is Scotland’s Minister for Childcare & Early Years.
The Minister met with two of the participants in the #openingdoors project, Adrienne and Marc, as well as Mentoring Support Officer Kirsty Hunter, and CALA Chief Executive Valerie Gale.
Mr McDonald was very interested to hear of the fantastic work being done by #openingdoors, which provides mentorship to young people interested in a career in childcare. #openingdoors participant Marc explained to the Minister that he wished the project had existed when he initially left school, as it would have encouraged him to pursue a career in childcare sooner.
Adrienne discussed with the minister the positive impact CALA’s E-Learning Zone has had on her training. As an #openingdoors participant, Adrienne has free access to our online courses, allowing her to increase her knowledge of subjects relating to childcare and download certificates of achievement to keep for her records.
We were delighted the Minister decided to take the time to visit our offices, and allow us the opportunity to outline the various projects CALA are involved with.
Mark McDonald has very kindly agreed to make the opening remarks at the 2016 CALA Conference, due to be held on the 30th of September. We are thrilled Mr McDonald has agreed to attend, and are very much looking forward to hearing his opening remarks.