Apprentices lend a hand to Drumchapel organisation


A team of apprentice joiners from City Building have been putting their skills to good use to support a Drumchapel-based initiative that provides training and work experience opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Ross Hickman, a 4th year joinery apprentice from Maryhill was joined by his colleagues Dylan McTaggart (3rd year from Knightswood), Gary Murray (3rd year, Cranhill) and Jack Sinclair (4th year, Knightswood).  They were overseen by tradesperson David Kirkwood.

Fortune Works – formerly the Thomas Fortune Work Centre – is part of Enable Glasgow and provides a five day a week, full-time programme of training and work experience opportunities for people with learning difficulties, with a focus on personal and social development.

City Building were contacted by the team at Fortune Works after they had read about the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity with a range of communities, charities and organisations across Glasgow.

John Duncanson, development officer at Fortune Works, explained, “We were aware of the work that City Building’s apprentices had undertaken to support a range of different organisations across the city and approached the company to see if it could lend the skills and experience to help the team at Fortune Works to assemble the flat pack furniture sets. I would like to thank the apprentices and everyone at City Building for giving their time and expertise to support our work and the 125 people with a learning disability from across Glasgow we support.”

Councillor James Adams, Chair of City Building added, “We are committed to working with communities and organisations across Glasgow, helping out where we can to make a difference and support vital community work.

“Our apprentices really do go that extra mile and I’d like to congratulate those involved for supporting the staff and service users at Fortune Works.”