Good ca­reer move

Trans­port group fo­cuses on lo­cal tal­ent in recruitment drive

Fish Farmer - - Training And Education - BY MAIRI SAN­DI­SON

ALEAD­ING High­lands lo­gis­tics com­pany that plays a ma­jor role in the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor has man­aged to at­tract bright young­sters by fo­cus­ing on re­cruit­ing from the lo­cal area. Lochaber based Fer­gu­son Trans­port & Ship­ping, which has its head of­fice in Cor­pach, has re­cently taken on a fur­ther two ap­pren­tices in ad­di­tion to those al­ready in year three of their stud­ies.

The com­pany has be­come one of the largest in­de­pen­dent lo­gis­tic com­pa­nies in the High­lands and is­lands, with cen­tres through­out the UK.

It op­er­ates more than 70 mod­ern and com­mer­cial HGV ve­hi­cles and over 170 trail­ers, and the de­pot in Cor­pach cov­ers ve­hi­cle main­te­nance and in­spec­tion op­er­a­tions in-house.

Ap­pren­tices within the com­pany learn on the job with ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees teach­ing them the ways of the in­dus­try from the ground up, with block re­lease at col­lege and on­go­ing as­sess­ments through­out their train­ing.

At the start of last year, Lewis Cameron joined the com­pany as an ap­pren­tice marine en­gi­neer and HGV me­chanic ap­pren­tice, while Matthew Weir is now part way through the first year of his ap­pren­tice­ship.

Michael Mur­phy and Calum Mac­Don­ald are near­ing com­ple­tion of their train­ing to be­come fully qual­i­fied HGV me­chan­ics.

They are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Sean McColl and Cameron Black­more, who are both em­ployed as qual­i­fied HGV me­chan­ics, hav­ing com­pleted their ap­pren­tice­ships with Fer­gu­son.

The com­pany also of­fers busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and of­fice ap­pren­tice­ships, en­sur­ing that young peo­ple within the lo­cal area are of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties that open the door to a suc­cess­ful and re­ward­ing ca­reer within the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

Fer­gu­son Trans­port & Ship­ping has also of­fered var­i­ous po­si­tions to re­cent grad­u­ates within the com­pany, giv­ing young peo­ple a chance to re­turn to their com­mu­nity with skills ac­quired to thrive in an ever grow­ing and ever evolv­ing sec­tor.

There are cur­rently a va­ri­ety of trainee busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pren­tice­ships through­out the busi­ness.

Carhie MacK­in­non – a third gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­ber to join the firm – has re­cently started a Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ship in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Robert MacInnes is due to start the same course, based in Fer­gu­son’s Kishorn of­fice.

This will al­low him the op­por­tu­nity to learn and study in an area

Right - from top: Emma Robert­son; Robert MacInnes; Gil­lian Cameron Op­po­site: Calum Mac­Don­ald, Michael Weir- all HGV me­chanic MacK­in­non, who is study­ing to­wards her in Busi­ness Danielle MacEachan, who is study­ing to­wards

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