Former Trin­ity pupil lands ap­pren­tice­ship

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

build with the other devel­op­ments such as the one on Stonelaw Road emerg­ing from the con­ver­sion and re­fur­bish­ment of va­cant build­ings.

And ef­forts are al­ready un­der­way to mar­ket the prop­erty, funded jointly by Clyde Gate­way, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, to an ex­ten­sive range of small and medium sized firms.

Clare Haughey MSP and Coun­cil­lor Carol Nu­gent, who is also a mem­ber of the Clyde Gate­way board, were at Shaw­field for the top­ping out cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day.

Ms Haughey said: “Clyde Gate­way is tak­ing a ma­jor lead in the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Ruther­glen com­mu­nity in many dif­fer­ent ways and I was de­lighted to be given the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in this top­ping-out cer­e­mony.

“Shaw­field has his­tor­i­cally been associated with in­dus­try and com­merce and I’m re­ally ex­cited by the long-term plans for the Ma­genta de­vel­op­ment as they will see more than a mil­lion square feet of high qual­ity space be­com­ing home to as many as 12,000 jobs.

Ms Nu­gent added: “Red Tree Shaw­field and the wider pro­pos­als for the area of­fer the per­fect de­mon­stra­tion of a re­gen­er­a­tion that goes well be­yond A Cam­bus­lang teenager is among three young con­struc­tion site labour­ers to land ap­pren­tice­ships thanks to a scheme by re­gen­er­a­tion agency Clyde Gate­way.

Scott Kelly has been re­cruited by con­struc­tion com­pany Robert­son Cen­tral to work on the Red Tree Shaw­field project in Ruther­glen which is due to be com­pleted in sum­mer next year.

The 16-year-old was helped by Car­il­lion, a multi­na­tional con­struc­tion ser­vices com­pany, who equipped him with the skills needed to join a build­ing site.

Scott then se­cured an ap­pren­tice­ship with one of Scot­land’s largest con­struc­tion firms along with Craig McIn­doe and Jack a phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

“It is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment that has been given com­plete back­ing and financial support by the coun­cil as it is key to our as­pi­ra­tions to ex­pand the range and types of busi­nesses which are keen to make their home in South La­nark­shire.” Kennedy, who are both 17 and from Park­head.

The former Trin­ity High School pupil said:“It feels good.

“It’s good to get ex­pe­ri­ence and I pre­fer it to school be­cause I wasn’t the most aca­demic but I feel this is a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to do this, it’s what I’m in­ter­ested in.

“I had just left school and went to a train­ing school which gets peo­ple into em­ploy­ment and I gained some qual­i­fi­ca­tions there. Then I went to Car­il­lion, an­other train­ing com­pany, which gives you work site ex­pe­ri­ence at their train­ing cen­tre.

“They then send you to a site like Rober­stons. Ba­si­cally I was try­ing to get into em­ploy­ment and get my foot in the door for ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Clyde Gate­way has clauses in its con­tracts to en­sure lo­cal res­i­dents are pro­vided with jobs, train­ing ap­pren­tices.

They have al­ready brought 5,000 jobs to the area and they were hailed by Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey, who at­tended a cer­e­mo­nial event on the top floor of the Red Tree Shaw­field.

She said:“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the lo­cal mod­ern ap­pren­tices and to Robert­sons for tak­ing on lo­cal peo­ple which is re­ally im­por­tant.

“For the area to thrive we need good sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment within the com­mu­nity, we’ve got a great com­mu­nity, you can see that with the amount of houses that are get­ting built.

“Peo­ple want to live here and this gives them the op­por­tu­nity to work in the com­mu­nity.”

Bul­let The fi­nal beam was added to the Shaw­field struc­ture on Wed­nes­day

Help­ing hand Former Trin­ity High School pupil Scott Kelly with Clare Haughey MSP and Coun­cil­lor Carol Nu­gent on site

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