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The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham, SNP candidate for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, paid a campaign visit to Perth College, accompanied by Alyn Smith MEP and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.  The group met with students in the training kitchen and enjoyed a lunch prepared by them.

Speaking after the visit Ms Cunningham said:

 “The training kitchen at Perth College has produced some real stars of the Scottish restaurant business.  Andrew Fairlie, whose restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel is the only restaurant in the whole of Scotland with two Michelin stars, began his learning journey in catering at Perth College.

“A more recent student, Jamie MacKinnon, won the BBCs ‘Chef’s Protégé’ competition under the tutelage of another Perth College graduate, Tom Kitchin, who also worked at Gleneagles and now has his own Michelin-starred restaurant.

“So today’s students have got some really inspiring predecessors to help them reach for the stars and be the very best their industry has to offer.

“Certainly, if the lunch we were served up is anything to go by, the current crop of students are no slouches in the kitchen either.

“Helping young people to make the transition to adulthood and the world of work is vital. Whether a young person chooses university, college, vocational training or employment, it is important that they get the best opportunities and the SNP is determined to ensure that happens.

“The SNP  will always protect free education. There will be no tuition fees with an SNP government.  We will implement the recommendations of the Widening Access Commission to ensure that, by 2030, at least 20 per cent of university entrants come from our 20 per cent most deprived communities.

“We will set clear targets to measure progress along the way, increasing the number of Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 a year by 2020, maintaining full-time equivalent college places and protecting Educational Maintenance Allowances for nearly 60,000 school and college students. We will also retain student bursaries, including for student nurses, and review student funding to make it fairer.”

[LtoR] Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP, Roseanna Cunningham, Cllr Elspeth Maclachlan
and Alyn Smith MEP in the training kitchen with some of the students.

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