New apprentices impress at James Frew

Cameron MacMillan; Ross Lorentson; Derek Ralston and Lee Smith

James Frew has opened its doors to the latest intake of apprentices joining the Ayrshire building services firm.

The four youngsters, from Glasgow and Falkirk, will take part in the company’s apprenticeship programme to become qualified gas engineers. The new recruits – Cameron MacMillan, Ross Lorentson, Derek Ralston and Lee Smith – will join the company’s existing 17 apprentices and five pre-apprentice trainees.

Kevin Kidd, training manager at the Stevenston-based business said, “All four lads were exceptional at their interview and demonstrated a real enthusiasm for the job. Cameron and Derek were selected following a visit by the team to their school, St Mungo’s Academy. In his spare time Cameron was helping out the plumbers in his local housing association as was Ross who was working in an admin role for a housing association but dealing with gas safety checks, whilst Lee had undertaken a pre-apprentice course.

“The pre-apprentice courses were introduced to the business fairly recently and it’s as much to see if the students have the commitment and like the various aspects of the job before undertaking a four year course. The programme has been very successful for us and frequently we have more than one generation of the same family working in the business”