Mile­stone in work­ing life

Lunch to mark end of train­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Judith Ton­ner

Two work­ers at an Air­drie firm who started their ca­reers with a six- week ren­o­va­tion chal­lenge have now com­pleted full four-year ap­pren­tice­ships.

Ai­den McAu­ley and James McCormick are now fully- qual­i­fied pain­ters and dec­o­ra­tors with lo­cal firm Bell Group, and were hon­oured for their achieve­ments at a cel­e­bra­tion event.

The pair were orig­i­nally among 12 teenagers who were chal­lenged in 2013 to re­dec­o­rate com­mon closes in high-rise flats as part of a joint project by own­ers Cly­de­bank Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, char­ity Ac­tion for Chil­dren and Bell Group, whose staff pro­vided train­ing for the par­tic­i­pants.

As a res ul t , James and Ai­den were of­fered places on an em­ploy­ment re­cruit­ment ini­tia­tive run by the Rochsol­loch Road firm and then went on to progress through the full ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

The re­cent end of their train­ing pe­riod was marked with a cel­e­bra­tion lunch at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Cly­de­bank Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Ac­tion for Chil­dren as well as Bell staff.

Bell Group has taken on 58 ap­pren­tices to date.

A spokesper­son said: “We wish Ai­den and James the best of luck in their ca­reers and hope to see them progress through the ranks here, like the many ap­pren­tices be­fore them.

“As a fam­ily- owned and op­er­ated busi­ness we value the im­por­tance of re­cruit­ing lo­cally and pro­vid­ing sup­port, guid­ance and nur­tur­ing to all our staff.”

Brush with suc­cess Ai­den McAu­ley and James McCormick

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