College-employer partnership celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week

The highly successful partnership between BESA Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College is providing excellent benefits for young Scottish engineering apprentices.

Four key engineering employers – FES, James Frew, MAQ Air Conditioning and City Refrigeration – have shown their commitment to developing their apprentices by providing a range of quality industry standard products and resources to the College to support apprenticeship training.

As one of the College’s key partners in building services engineering, BESA Scotland helped to broker this contribution.  It ensures that apprentices are receiving training which is industry-relevant and they are familiar with new and sustainable technologies.

Iain McCaskey of BESA Scotland said: “It is fantastic that our membership organisations are supporting apprentices by providing them with the latest equipment. This gives our young people the opportunity to work on the most modern technology in the industry. It is a fine example of our employer organisations not only supporting BESA and Glasgow Kelvin College but ensuring an experienced and skilled workforce for the future.”

To mark this generous support, local MSP for Springburn, Bob Doris, came along to Glasgow Kelvin College to meet staff and students and help them celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week. He also got the chance to see how the resources are used in the training workshops to enhance the learning of tomorrow’s skilled trades and professionals.

Anne Porter, head of faculty – engineering, construction and science at Glasgow Kelvin, said: “We are extremely grateful to these employers for providing such a high standard of resources for our students to use in the workshops. Both BESA and our own staff have worked hard to bring this about and we are delighted to receive these resources which are an investment in the future of the trades and their apprentices.”

College principal Alan Sherry added: “We are delighted to have Bob Doris, our local MSP along to the College once again to show his support of our students in Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.

“The College welcomes that these key employers have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our learners by providing state of the art equipment. This generous donation will ensure that we will continue to provide a quality learning experience preparing our young people for the world of work.”

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