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Scottish employers ‘becoming more open-minded’ when it comes to recruitment

NEW research from Hays has revealed that 39% of employers in Scotland say it is no longer important to them that a job applicant...

NatWest to lead retrofit skills programme for construction industry

NATWEST Group has become the Supply Chain Sustainability School's first partner within the finance sector, with a shared objective of addressing climate change through...

Retrofit Academy marks milestone after enrolling 5,000th learner

THE Retrofit Academy is celebrating a major milestone after announcing it has successfully enrolled over 5,000 learners to its range of retrofit training courses. Trained...

Electrical apprentice and adult trainee intake in Scotland reaches 12-year high

THE number of new apprentices and adult trainees in Scotland's electrical sector has reached its highest figure for 12 years. More than 800 people have...

Training minister launches green skills initiative with first hands-on construction workshop

A practical workshop of a 'pioneering' green skills programme has been hosted by Jamie Hepburn MSP at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC). Low Carbon...

‘Blended’ apprenticeship model could help solve some training challenges

THE Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is calling for a more ‘blended’ approach to delivering apprentice training in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The organisation...

Scottish employers urged to help shape future of engineering apprenticeships

SCOTTISH apprenticeships across the engineering sector are being 'reviewed and refreshed' to meet the needs of employers, employees and the industry generally. A new employer-led...

Employers applauded for backing young talent despite pandemic challenges

SCOTTISH Government business minister Jamie Hepburn has joined the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) in paying...

New facility could help attract next generation of scaffolders

A proposed new training facility in Paisley has the potential to be a game-changer for the Scottish construction industry. That’s the view of Ronnie Charters,...

Energy Training Academy agrees new partnership with builders’ merchant

THE Energy Training Academy CIC has agreed a £50,000 deal with St Andrews Timber & Building Supplies to help accelerate the development of the...

Top Scottish plumbing apprentices embark on skills challenge

SCOTLAND'S most promising plumbing apprentices will showcase their skills in a competition for the title of Scottish Plumbing Apprentice of the Year. The event, organised...

Contractor backs ‘Women into Construction’ programme

CONTRACTOR Graham has facilitated a project to support young women into construction in Scotland. Women from across central Scotland taking part in the ‘Women into Construction’...

CCG confirms 17 new apprentices for 2023

CONTRACTOR CCG has confirmed an intake of 17 new trade apprentices in 2023, taking the total number employed across the group of companies to...

Roofing students benefit from unique insight into Kirkcaldy Campus upgrade works

STUDENTS from Fife College’s roof, slating and tiling first-year apprenticeship course recently received a tour of roofing renovation works at the Kirkcaldy Campus. The development...

Barratt highlights success of its ASPIRE programme

BARRATT Developments has highlighted the success of its ASPIRE programme, following warnings over the construction skills gap. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reported that...

Apprentices ‘crucial’ to improving sector’s diversity

SCOTTISH Apprenticeship Week can play a 'pivotal' role in helping the building services sector get to grips with skills shortages and lack of diversity,...

New CITB business plan aims to give employers greater say in solving skills challenges

THE Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has set out three core priorities in its newly published business plan. Improving construction’s people pipeline, creating defined training...

Project to recruit more construction assessors relaunched in Scotland

A project to train 100 new quality assessors for Scotland's construction industry has been relaunched. The two-year project, driven by CITB and ESP, in partnership...

Third programme helps professionals return to Scotland’s renewables sector

SSE has stepped up its collaboration with STEM Returners to help more engineers in Scotland re-enter the renewables sector following a career break. The partnership...
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Glasgow apprentices honoured at awards ceremony

CITY Building apprentices were honoured at the Glasgow firm's annual Apprentice Awards ceremony, held in the City Chambers. More than 80 apprentices were shortlisted across a...