Housebuilder takes on new apprentices as part of ‘grow your own’ approach

TULLOCH Homes has shown its commitment to local recruitment and training by appointing six new apprentices.

The housebuilder said the new recruits will increase apprentice numbers to 22, with six of those set to become fully fledged tradesmen later this year.

Apprentice joiners Reece Patience from Inverness and John Grant from Nairn are both 17, while apprentice plumbers are Craig Given (18) from Lochend and Craig Birnie (19) from Culloden. The apprentice painters are Kai MacLeod (19) from Charleston and Daniel Douglas (20) from Culduthel.

Chief executive George Fraser said, “It may not be too fashionable in the housebuilding industry to invest in apprenticeships, but we at Tulloch believe this is the right road to take. Our ‘grow your own’ policy in terms of workforce has proved highly successful and young people are immersed in the Tulloch award-winning way of doing things. We also have a policy of promoting our own young men to become trainee site managers and then take charge of their own sites.

“We see this approach as key to our continued growth and as a way of putting something back into the community.”