Building services contractor hails success of in-house training programmes

Arc-Tech commercial director Alastair Graham with Peter Dunlop

ARC-Tech (Scotland) commercial director Alastair Graham has highlighted the importance of the firm’s skills replenishment and development activities.

In just five years, the building services contractor has delivered an annual turnover in excess of £19 million and has a 120-strong workforce.

Alastair Graham said, “Arc-Tech (Scotland) understands the value of people and we will always seek to bring the very best minds to our business. Our recruitment strategy since our inception in 2016 is a testament to this approach and as a result, we are now one of the leading companies of our kind in the country.

“With that said, we acknowledge that if we are sustain our growth, youth training and skills development is as equally important. Arc-Tech currently employ 23 trade apprentices, 10 of which joined us this year, and three technical trainees whilst 34% of our staff are under the age of 28. For us, this is a key statistic when you consider the challenges facing our industry as a result of an ageing workforce.”

Peter Dunlop is a recent example of Arc-Tech’s approach to youth training and development. The 22-year-old is one of three apprentice graduates retained by the business this year and he has since gone on to accept a new role as assistant project surveyor as part of an HNC in quantity surveying.

Peter said, “I am delighted to not only be employed by Arc-Tech full-time but to also start afresh with this new role in quantity surveying. My four years on the tools were a fantastic learning experience and I would thoroughly recommend an apprenticeship to any young person who is looking towards a career in construction or building services.”

Alastair Graham added, “Peter has seamlessly integrated into our team at Arc-Tech HQ; his application as an apprentice was excellent and it is clear he will carry on this positive attitude as he journeys to become a quantity surveyor over the next three years.

“For Peter, he is learning skills that will give him a career for life whilst Arc-Tech can give him the tools to progress both personally and professionally. His development alongside all of our trainees and apprentices are wonderful examples to young people who may be searching for their dream job. It is an exciting time to become part of our industry.”