Scots teenager ‘can’t stop smiling’ after landing civil engineering apprenticeship

Caiden Fisher

A Scottish teenager is celebrating after landing his ‘dream’ job with AC Land Regeneration, a division of Advance Construction Scotland.

Former Dumbarton Academy pupil Caiden Fisher (16) has started work as an apprentice civil engineer based in the company’s Bellshill HQ.

Caiden is one of several apprentices to join Advance this year and will undertake a four-year training programme with the firm, which is working on a development of around 85 new houses in conjunction with Miller Homes on the grounds of the former St Michael’s Primary School in Dumbarton.

He said, “I was jumping with joy when I heard they were taking me on. I have always been interested in construction and used to help my Papa who worked as a roofer. I didn’t want to go into full-time education from school, I wanted to be hands on and start work right away and this apprenticeship was an amazing opportunity.”

Caiden, who is currently learning about 3D CAD design, will go on to study for an HNC in civil engineering at Glasgow Kelvin College on day release.

He added, “I am so lucky to be able to learn while earning money, I haven’t been able to stop smiling since I got the apprenticeship. At first I was a bit worried about being the youngest in the office but everyone has been so welcoming and friendly, I am just so grateful to them for the opportunity.”

Lynsey Breen, head of acquisitions for AC Land Regeneration, said, “We are delighted to welcome Caiden to the company, he is a breath of fresh air and full of ideas and enthusiasm. Apprenticeships are a great way to get a foot on the career ladder and many of our trainees have gone on to senior roles within the business.”