Ap­pren­tice­ship scheme praised

MSP con­grat­u­lates founder of AB2000

Rutherglen Reformer - - Business News - Staff re­porter

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang MSP James Kelly has praised the role of lo­cal busi­ness AB2000 in pro­mot­ing ap­pren­tices.

Mr Kelly last week vis­ited AB2000, a plant hire firm based in Cam­bus­lang.

The com­pany em­ploys over 230 peo­ple across Scot­land, with the bulk in the Ruther­glen con­stituency, along­side Aberdeen and In­ver­ness.

The busi­ness em­ploys a num­ber of ap­pren­tices, linked through the “route to work scheme”, and some of these met with Mr Kelly to dis­cuss their role.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the neigh­bour­ing busi­ness Walk­er­weld em­ploys a num­ber of ap­pren­tices who Mr Kelly spoke to with man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jim Steven­son.

Mr Kelly con­grat­u­lated Adam Bruce, founder, on the com­pany’s latest achieve­ment in reach­ing the num­ber two po­si­tion in Busi­ness In­sider Mag­a­zine’s Scot­tish SME 300 rank­ings.

AB2000 has pro­vided equip­ment for a num­ber of high-pro­file con­tracts across the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Borders Rail­way re-open­ing.

The Labour MSP said: “It was great to see first- hand the com­pany’s base, right here in the con­stituency. It’s one of the big­gest em­ploy­ers in Cam­bus­lang and it does a great deal of work in train­ing young ap­pren­tices, mak­ing a valu­able in­vest­ment in the lo­cal econ­omy.

“This sum­mer re­cess I am try­ing to get round lo­cal busi­nesses to find out what is­sues are af­fect­ing them, and what they are do­ing in the area.

“AB2000’s ap­pren­tices scheme pro­vides young peo­ple with ac­cess to in­dus­try train­ing and de­vel­ops valu­able skills.”

AB2000 Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Jim Hous­ton added: “James Kelly paid a visit dur­ing the par­lia­men­tary re­cess to meet Adam Bruce and some of the trainees and ap­pren­tices em­ployed by AB2000 and Walk­er­weld En­gi­neer­ing Lim­ited at their Cam­bus­lang De­pot.

“It’s good to know that politi­cians like James make good use of their time away from Holy­rood vis­it­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies.”

Com­pany visit James Kelly MSP meets ap­pren­tices at Cam­bus­lang com­pany AB2000

Praise James Kelly MSP with AB2000 founder Adam Bruce and ap­pren­tice Cameron Barr

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