Time to shine for Inverness apprentices

 Issued by The BIG Partnership on behalf of CITB Scotland

Now is the perfect time for Inverness youngsters to move into the construction industry, according to a Highland councillor.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chair of The Highland Council’s Education Children and Adult Services Committee said: “These apprenticeship opportunities are a fantastic opening for young people in the Highlands, including girls.

“Highland Council welcomes these Modern Apprenticeship vacancies with key Highland companies as this aligns with our commitment to work to ensure that every 16-19 year old seeking employment has the opportunity to access a modern apprenticeship or further training in the Highlands.”

The Construction Industry Training Board, which has supported 48 technical apprentices over the past four years, has just announced that six new training opportunities are now available to locals looking to enhance their career prospects. 

Sean Melville, who lives in Inverness and attended Inverness Royal Academy, is currently training as a modern apprentice with Morgan Sindall plc.  

The 18-year-old believes the opportunity has allowed him to get more hands experience.  

He said: “Unlike full time college or university, my learning is focused purely on what I am going to need as an engineer.  

“I also believe that I am learning a lot more by putting my learning into practice and it is a lot easier to take in than just reading a sheet of paper. Another winning point for me is that fact that the whole time I am learning I am gaining experience in my role which is attractive to future employers.”  

Among the available positions are civil engineering technicians at Morrison Construction in Inverness,  GF Job in Nairn and Pat Munro Ltd in Alness.  

Inverness’ Graham Construction is also looking for technicians in construction management and architectural technology.  

CITB Apprenticeships Officer Lynne Reid said: “These apprenticeships are fully supported by the industry’s professional bodies such as The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)  Civil Engineering Contractor’s Association. 

“Unfortunately here in the North of Scotland, the perception that excellent training opportunities for young people do not exist, is still very much the thinking and this is clearly not true, especially now where I am aware  of real vacancies with experienced and reputable construction companies.  

“With so many large companies being awarded contracts in the North of Scotland, now is the perfect time to enhance your career prospects in the industry.”  

Modern Apprenticeships involve being employed and earning a salary while also attending College on a block release basis.  

If you are interested in more information, email: Lynne.reid@citb.co.uk.

 

21 Jul 2014
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