Cruden Group recruits nine new modern apprentices

Apprentice of the Year Nicole Carlin with the new recruits

THE Cruden Group has recruited nine new modern apprentices as part of the firm’s commitment to developing Scotland’s future workforce.

The new recruits will become part of the 60-strong team of apprentices that the contractor is currently training.

Over 40 youngsters interviewed for the programme, with the nine successful candidates now set to embark on a four-year modern apprenticeship programme as joiners, plumbers, bricklayers and painters.

The news comes as Cruden Group awarded the company’s Apprentice of the Year Award to bricklayer Nicole Carlin. Nicole has just completed her four-year apprenticeship and will continue her career with Cruden as a fully qualified bricklayer.

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, said, “Young people are the lifeblood of the construction industry and we are committed to recruiting, training and investing in our workforce, and our modern apprenticeship programme plays a major role. Nicole is one of many shining examples that have come through our programme and we are delighted that she will be continuing her career with us. Given the widespread skills shortage, which has worsened during the pandemic, it’s all the more important to start these young people off well on their journey towards building a rewarding career in this thriving sector.”

Nicole Carlin said, “I’m thrilled to be awarded Cruden’s Apprentice of the Year Award. There are still a lot of misperceptions about the construction industry and this needs to change, because young people are missing out on a fantastic industry. Having a trade is a job for life and not only gives me confidence and fantastic opportunities, it’s also put me on a great path to a secure future and I’m delighted to be continuing my career with Cruden as a fully qualified bricklayer.”