Apprentice Greats

  • Across the country, there are individuals who make a difference to the lives and careers of apprentices.
  • Instructors, mentors, training providers, business owners and equality champions are among the many people supporting growth and diversity in apprenticeships.
  • Help us to recognise and celebrate those who contribute to the success of apprenticeships in Scotland.

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Scottish businesswoman, former apprentice and champion of apprenticeships, Alison McGregor is the latest Apprentice Greats inductee.

Alison, currently the Interim Chief Executive of the Beatson Cancer Charity,  is a passionate and active people champion who has achieved individual success through apprenticeships.

Personal home circumstances led to Alison leaving school at 15, she was successful in securing an apprentice banker opportunity at the Bank of Scotland, where she worked and studied for five years.

Since then, Alison has achieved amazing career success and broadened her experience, working in a number of different roles and financial services institutions including Barclays, National Australia Group and latterly as the CEO of HSBC Scotland.

“I’ve never forgotten the power of apprenticeships to the success of an organisation and in the leadership roles I’ve had, I’ve always pushed for work-based learning." Alison McGregor

An award winner for her work to support the growth of the economy and its people, Alison was nominated by Margaret McCaig, Global Head of Governance & Standards at HSBC, who said, “Alison’s successful career is an excellent illustration to young people of what is possible.”

Alison has recently become the co-chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board, testament to her continued commitment to diversity, inclusion, and promoting opportunities for young people. 

The Apprentice Greats inductees


"My apprenticeship instilled in me an appetite for learning and education.

As long as you're prepared to put in the work, we will do what we can to make you as successful as you want to be." - Jim McColl OBE

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We want your nominations! If you know someone who you think should be recognised, tell us about them and their contribution to apprenticeships in Scotland. 


Nominees have achieved across one or more of these areas:

1. Individual success through apprenticeship

2. Significant contribution to apprenticeships in Scotland

3. Supporting diversity and inclusion.


We'll announce the next inductees during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019, from 4 – 8 March.

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