City Building welcomes 60 new apprentices

CITY Building has welcomed 60 new apprentices to the business with support from the Glasgow Guarantee.

This year’s intake of new starts includes apprentice joiners, engineers, electricians, painters and decorators and plumbers.

Of the 60 trade apprentices, 3.3% identify as BAME (black and minority ethic) and 7% are females, which contributes to the firm’s drive to improve diversity.

The new recruits will eventually be deployed to construction sites across Glasgow for on-the-job learning whilst continuing to attend classes at the organisation’s Queenslie Training Centre, an in-house SVQ approved college.

Holly Goodwin (16) has started her apprenticeship in mechanical service engineering. She previously undertook work experience in City Building’s RSBi facility whilst at school. She said, “During my work experience, I spent some time with the mechanical service engineering team and instantly knew it was what I wanted to do. I found it so interesting and I felt the apprenticeship programme was perfectly suited to me. I worked really hard at school to get the grades I needed to get a place on the course because I knew how popular it was.”

Councillor Allan Casey, board chair, commented, “After an unprecedented year, I’m extremely pleased to welcome another new wave of apprentices. As a former apprentice myself I believe that now, more than ever, is such an important time to support Scotland’s young people learn and develop, helping them to achieve success in the world of work.

Championing young people and developing new talent has always been at the heart of our apprenticeship programme, and we’ve developed it to be one of the best in Scotland. We are lucky to have some of the best trainers in the industry who put a lot of time and effort into training our apprentices. I’m very much looking forward to seeing our new cohort go from strength to strength.”