Amey uses government scheme to kickstart Scottish construction careers

AMEY has revealed it is utilising the UK Government’s Kickstart programme by converting participants into full time apprenticeships.

Students who joined the scheme in 2021 have been given a range of permanent roles from carpenters to FM and catering assistants.

The programme aims to secure quality jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-24 for a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months. It works by providing participants with confidence, experience, and skills through on-the-job training.

Amey delivers facilities and estate management services to the Glasgow and Renfrewshire Schools Private Finance Initiative across an estate of 39 schools.

Lee Robertson, who was recently awarded a carpentry apprenticeship following six months on the Kickstart programme, said, “Earlier in the year my brother Kieran had secured a permanent caretaker role with a professional qualification at Amey, so I knew it was a fantastic organisation to be part of. Throughout the programme, I have increased my confidence levels and responsibilities week-on-week. From the start I showed my commitment and interest in progressing my career and I am over the moon that Amey recognised these ambitions.”

Stephanie Johnson, secure infrastructure HR director, added, “Lee has proved to be a real asset to our team, supporting the account by taking on additional responsibilities and going above and beyond in his day-to-day role. He is a real ‘shining star’ and has received nothing but praise from both his people manager and the client. Ensuring that Amey has a highly skilled and sustainable pipeline of talent is at the heart of our people agenda. The Kickstart programme has provided us with the ability to search out talent from hard-to-reach areas and work with them to develop their own abilities.”