Fast-track joinery training programme launched for second year

Murray Biggar, Paul Slack, Dale Rankin, and Jack Smith, new CR Smith apprentices

CR Smith and Fife College have joined forces to run a ‘pioneering’ fast-track training programme for would-be joiners for a second successive year.

Last year’s collaboration led to five trainees securing full-time positions at CR Smith as adult apprentices.

The programme is open to anyone aged 19 and over, with it supporting individuals through a 10-month course in carpentry and joinery starting in September. It involves three days a week of college-based work which is complemented by work experience at CR Smith.

Upon the successful completion of an SCQF Level 5 qualification and with ‘extensive practical knowledge’ under their belts, the partners said that trainees will be ‘guaranteed’ an interview with CR Smith and have the opportunity to apply for a place on the CR Smith adult apprenticeship programme.

Ian Macfarlane, MD of Dunfermline-headquartered CR Smith, said, “We want to see more people take up joinery jobs, and after the success of our 2021/2022 programme, we are delighted to launch it again in collaboration with Fife College. The programme offers would-be joiners the chance to learn the skills while building their knowledge and understanding of how those skills can be applied in a ‘real’ working environment.

“Our commitment is to provide relevant work experience as well as an interview for all those who successfully complete the course. Most importantly, it could also lead to a place on our accelerated adult apprenticeship.

“All five candidates who completed the course in 2021/2022 have now secured full-time apprenticeship positions with CR Smith and we hope to have the same success this year.”

Those wishing to apply should send a CV and cover letter to