Cruden Group strengthens apprenticeship programme with nine new recruits
The Cruden Group has recruited nine new modern apprentices in its yearly intake as it continues its commitment to developing Scotland’s future workforce against the backdrop of a widening skills gap in the sector.
The new modern apprentices will become part of the 60-strong team of apprentices that the Cruden Group is currently training. The group has been delivering a modern apprenticeship programme for around half a century.
Over 40 young people interviewed for the programme and nine eager new recruits have been selected to embark on a four-year modern apprenticeship programme as joiners, plumbers, bricklayers and painters, where they will learn their chosen trade through a mix of practical on-the-job training, while also working towards a formal qualification.
It comes as Cruden Group has awarded its Apprentice of the Year Award, which is now in its third year, to bricklayer Nicole Carlin. Nicole has just completed her four-year apprenticeship and will continue her career with Cruden as a fully qualified bricklayer.
Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, said: “Young people are the lifeblood of the construction industry and we are committed to recruiting, training and investing in our workforce, and our modern apprenticeship programme plays a major role. Nicole is one of many shining examples that have come through our programme and we are delighted that she will be continuing her career with us.
“Given the widespread skills shortage, which has worsened during the pandemic, it’s all the more important to start these young people off well on their journey towards building a rewarding career in this thriving sector.”
Nicole Carlin, Apprentice of the Year, Cruden Group, said: “I’m thrilled to be awarded Cruden’s Apprentice of the Year Award. There are still a lot of misperceptions about the construction industry and this needs to change, because young people are missing out on a fantastic industry. Having a trade is a job for life and not only gives me confidence and fantastic opportunities, it’s also put me on a great path to a secure future and I’m delighted to be continuing my career with Cruden as a fully qualified bricklayer.”
Apprentice joiner, Max Hamilton, aged 17, said: “Positions on Cruden’s apprenticeship programme are highly sought after so I’m over the moon to be selected for this year’s intake. Getting the chance to learn this trade means the world to me and I can’t wait to start my career journey.”