2 March 2020
CGC and Dimension have welcomed Scottish Apprenticeship Week which runs from today March 2 to 6.
This year the theme of the national celebration of apprentices is “Talent Without Limits.”
It seeks to celebrate the diversity which work-based learning delivers for individuals, employers and the economy.
Late last year we were given a ringing endorsement of our commitment to young workers when we won a keenly-contested award for developing a young workforce.
We beat off stiff competition to capture the Award in the 2019 ROCCO Awards run by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.
We triumphed in the category of “Developing the Young Workforce” for our commitment to helping young people find a pathway into work.
CGC also launched the “Bright Futures” initiative which, for the first time, brought together all of our support for young staff including apprentices under one banner.
A feature of this is the training of quantity surveyors – essential in any construction business with the first being Adam Heron.
Adam (19) is currently working four days a week with CGC and studying at college for the other day. The two year course will eventually lead to qualification.
Then he will go to University for to obtain a degree before joining the Company as a fully-qualified quantity surveyor.
CGC is meeting the cost of his college and university fees while also paying him a salary. It represents the highest level of engagement the business has ever had with a young prospective employee.
A second trainee quantity surveyor is to be taken on shortly under the same arrangement.
Leo Reilly, our Managing Director said: “Our commitment to apprenticeships and young workers is extremely strong because we know that a good start to a working life leads to rewarding
“We were obviously delighted to win this accolade from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a time for celebrating the contribution young staff bring to any business.”
Martin Smith, Managing Director of Dimension added: “Like CGC we recognise the important role which apprentices have within our company and look forward to maintaining our commitment to them in the years ahead.”
Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland -the country’s national skills body – said: “Demand from employers continues to drive the development and growth of Scottish Apprenticeships.
“Scottish Apprenticeships create opportunities for everyone no matter their background and for every business no matter its size or sector.
“Looking towards a future increasingly disrupted by technological and societal changes, work-based learning has never been more relevant for supporting people into highly productive and sustainable jobs.
“We are facing ever-growing demand for Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships from employers, demonstrating that work-based learning is crucial to meeting critical skills gaps.”