Build­ing for fu­ture ca­reers in An­gus

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - BUSINESS - An­drew argo

Firms have praised a new scheme that pro­vides young peo­ple with build­ing blocks to en­joy ca­reers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The first batch of ap­pren­tices have reached the fourth month of their fouryear ten­ure on the An­gus Shared Ap­pren­tice Pro­gramme (ASAP).

Grant Thom­son, con­tracts man­ager at McGill Elec­tri­cal in Dundee, said: “ASAP is a great op­por­tu­nity for ap­pren­tices to ex­plore all aspects of join­ery via dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ers.

“At McGill’s, we strive to give ap­pren­tices the best train­ing we pos­si­bly can. As par­tic­i­pants hone their skills, we would hope they be­come part of the val­ued team on site.

“The ASAP scheme is a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture trades­men and women to train and de­velop the skills nec­es­sary to en­joy a ca­reer in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.”

ASAP of­fers con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices the chance to de­velop their skills with a range of dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ers to gain the skill set re­quired on the path to be­com­ing fully qual­i­fied.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Valen­tine, chair­man of ASAP, said: “We are in the early stages of the pro­ject but al­ready, bosses are say­ing they are ex­tremely im­pressed with the ap­pren­tices who are spend­ing time with them.

“ASAP is play­ing a key role in se­cur­ing and de­vel­op­ing the skills nec­es­sary to en­sure the con­struc­tion in­dus­try can en­joy a bright fu­ture.”

The pro­gramme is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween An­gus Coun­cil, Dundee and An­gus Col­lege, the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Board (CITB) and em­ploy­ers, and is sup­ported by Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land.

Ryan Kennedy, 19, of For­far, is split­ting his time be­tween col­lege stud­ies and on-site train­ing at Milnbank De­vel­op­ments in the An­gus town.

He said: “My ap­pren­tice­ship has been great so far. I’m learn­ing skills in brick­lay­ing at the mo­ment, which should set me up to en­joy a good ca­reer in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“I had al­ways wanted to get into con­struc­tion but this is such a good way of do­ing it be­cause I get paid while I’m learn­ing – and I’m get­ting a chance to work with lo­cal em­ploy­ers.”

Ryan Kennedy, left, re­ceiv­ing train­ing from Milnbank De­vel­op­ments.

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