Housebuilding team celebrates four centuries of service
A group of long serving employees at Barratt North Scotland is celebrating after clocking up almost four centuries of service between them this summer.
The eleven tradesmen and construction professionals, whose tenures range from 20 years to 45 years, picked up long service awards at the housebuilder’s recent company seminar.
Willie Donald, 61, from Turriff, celebrates 45 years with the company this year, after joining Barratt Homes as an apprentice joiner in 1970. Willie has mentored countless apprentices over the years, many of which are still working with the company today.
He said: “Housebuilding offers a range of fulfilling career opportunities. I chose to stay with joinery throughout my time with the company as I really enjoy the challenge and variety it offers, the onsite camaraderie and the satisfaction of a job well done. Earning a trade is a huge benefit – as well as having a job I really enjoy, I’ve been able to build my own home as well as support friends and family with their projects.
“Barratt Homes has also been a great company to work for as you really get to know your team. People tend to stay with the company, so there are plenty of familiar faces. It has also been really satisfying to see many of my apprentices progress with the company – some have chosen to stay on the tools, whilst others have moved into management. It’s an enormous industry and it can take you as far as you want it to.”
Construction manager and joiner to trade Kevin Urquhart, 36, also from Turriff, joined Barratt Homes as an apprentice at 16, and celebrates 20 years with the firm this year.
He added: “I was inspired to pursue a career as a joiner by my father, who I spent many weekends working with as a youngster. Having joined at just 16 I’ve been able to build a career that is both exciting and challenging.
“The construction industry today offers excellent prospects, particularly with companies like Barratt Homes. As an employee I’ve received excellent support and guidance to help me gain my apprenticeship and progress into management. The industry is calling out for new talent – it is full of opportunities for ambitious young people.”