Good career move
Transport group focuses on local talent in recruitment drive
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