The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

Well think again and think em­ploy­ment Ev­ery­one knows about MacLeods the builder: been around for ever in Ar­gyll and Bute and built loads of homes. We all know some­one who works for the firm or some­one who knows some­one who does.

But have you ever thought how large this busi­ness is and its im­por­tance as a lo­cal em­ployer? It’s one of the big­gest there is.

Ma­cLeod Con­struc­tion is based in Lochgilp­head. In the 40-plus years it has been in busi­ness the com­pany has been one of the pi­o­neers in the man­u­fac­ture and as­sem­bling of tim­ber-frame build­ings across the West High­lands and is­lands and High­land re­gion.

The fam­ily firm builds within its own de­vel­op­ments and for clients of all shapes and sizes, from fam­ily homes to com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity struc­tures.

The com­pany sells and rents prop­er­ties and has a work­force en­gaged in quar­ry­ing ma­te­ri­als, plumbing and elec­tri­cal, roof­ing and scaf­fold­ing ser­vices along with join­ery and re­fur­bish­ment, and the man­u­fac­ture of con­ser­va­to­ries and win­dows.

The com­pany is also ac­tively in­volved in the use of re­new­able en­ergy and al­ways look­ing out for the next in­no­va­tion; re­search­ing and test­ing new tech­nolo­gies as they come onto the mar­ket.

At present MacLeods is work­ing on air­source heat­ing and re­search­ing web-linked heat­ing con­trol sys­tems which will al­low users, main­te­nance teams or hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions to mon­i­tor, re­view and con­trol a build­ing’s heat­ing sys­tem re­motely via a se­cure link.

This makes the firm one of the big­gest em­ploy­ers in the re­gion; not just for the tra­di­tional build­ing trades and pro­fes­sions but a wide range of ad­min­is­tra­tive and sup­port roles, in­clud­ing IT.

At MacLeods the com­pany ‘grows its own’ with a firm com­mit­ment to ap­pren­tice­ships and train­ing to grow within your job. If you are look­ing for a new job or to learn a new skill, one of the smartest res­o­lu­tions you could make in 2019 is to go along and talk to their re­cruit­ing team and keep an eye on its job ad­ver­tise­ments.

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