V&A project provides employment boost for out of work electricians

The new colleagues with project manager Jo Woloszyn and site foreman William Henderson

THE construction of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee has provided a jobs boost for eight local electricians.

The three qualified electricians and five apprentices, including an adult trainee, had been made redundant from Scottish Electrical Group when it ceased trading in August. BAM Construction, who is building the V&A Dundee, said they were made aware of the situation by the Partnership Action for Continued Employment Partnership (PACE). The eight have now secured permanent contracts with BAM’s sub-contractor, FES.

Malcolm Boyd, construction manager said, “It’s a great feeling when you are able to pull together and help in this way and I’m really delighted for the team who will not only be a strong addition to the project but will also have the opportunity to work on one of the best building projects in the UK.”

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee added, “We are delighted to see more local people gain employment on the construction of our new museum, particularly after facing unemployment. V&A Dundee will help boost the region’s economy, from the jobs we’re already creating to the hundreds of thousands of visitors we’ll welcome each year.”

V&A Dundee is scheduled to open next year and will be the only V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London.