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Dundee-based trades company Hillcrest Maintenance has teamed up with Future Skills College to offer local young people the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in a trade of their choice.
The year long pre-apprenticeship programme is designed for senior pupils at secondary schools in Dundee. The course prepares students for their future careers through a combination of studying at Dundee & Angus College, while working with local employers.
Hillcrest Maintenance is providing work placements for three 16 year old pre-apprentices in joinery and plumbing.
Bob Jack, Head of Hillcrest Maintenance, explains: “The pre-apprentices spend one day each week with us, shadowing their supervisors to learn a variety of skills. Offering work placements gives people the chance to gain a real insight into the working day of a tradesperson, become used to the expectations of employers and be ready to start an apprenticeship by the end of the course.
“Hillcrest Maintenance has a long history of providing employment opportunities to young people, which is reflected in our recent accreditation as a Young Person’s Guarantee employer. We recognise the importance of developing a strong future workforce and are committed to helping young people begin their careers.”
Brandon MacPhail is completing a pre-apprenticeship in joinery. He said: “I’m enjoying the course so far and am learning a lot on my placement. Being in a real work environment shows me exactly what the job is like. It’s a lot of responsibility but I’m really liking it and hope to do an apprenticeship with Hillcrest in the future.”
Hillcrest Maintenance is part of Hillcrest, a social organisation providing housing, care, support, training and employment opportunities across Scotland. Find out more at www.hillcrest.org.uk.
Pictured from left: Brandon McPhail, pre-apprentice; Brian Jones, Hillcrest Maintenance operation supervisor; Layton Massie, pre-apprentice; Finlay Massie, pre-apprentice; Stuart King, Hillcrest Maintenance plumber; Liam Keiller, Hillcrest Maintenance plumber