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Dundee-based trades company Hillcrest Maintenance has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to offer a local young person the opportunity to get hands on experience in electrical installation.
The six week ‘Get Into Electrical’ course is a national employment initiative run by The Prince’s Trust that gives unemployed young people a chance to develop the necessary skills to help them unlock their potential and take the first step towards a career in trade.
24 year old Arran Farquharson, who is currently a student at Dundee and Angus College, took part in the scheme where he spent one of the six weeks on a placement with Hillcrest where he job-shadowed electrician, Scott Stewart.
Arran commented: “I wanted to take part in the course so I could gain some experience. I’ve really enjoyed my placement and it is definitely something I would like a career in. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to become a full time apprentice with Hillcrest one day.”
Head of Hillcrest Maintenance, Graeme Keillor said: “Offering work placements gives people the chance to get a real insight into the working day of a trade. We have a long history of providing employment opportunities to young people and this is not the first time we have supported the ‘Get Into Electrical’ scheme.
“Last year Hillcrest launched a three-stage apprenticeship and training initiative to aid youth employment. School pupils are given work experience with us at stage one, at stage two we recruit a number of pre-apprenticeship roles with successful applicants starting their four year apprenticeships with us at stage three.”
Hillcrest Maintenance is part of Hillcrest, a social organisation providing housing, care, support, training and employment opportunities across Scotland.