Scotland’s Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse yesterday met the 1,000th construction apprentice to be enrolled at the Glasgow training centre of integrated support services and construction company Carillion and local training provider TIGERS.
Connor Mallon, 17, from the Toryglen area of Glasgow is undertaking a General Construction Operation (GCO) level 2 Modern Apprenticeship. During the 18 month programme, Connor will learn an array of new skills such as setting out line and levels, laying modular paving, installing drainage and pouring and finishing concrete. He will also gain a strong knowledge of all health and safety guidelines and procedures
The training centre in the Bishopbriggs area of the city was established in 2008 as a joint venture between Carillion and TIGERS to create the first Shared Apprenticeship Scheme model in Scotland. By combining their knowledge, experience and expertise, the two businesses have been able to provide industry solutions to industry problems under a Skills Training Academy.
Speaking at the event Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “On behalf of the Scottish Government I offer my sincere congratulations to Connor on becoming the 1,000th Carillion TIGERS Apprentice, and to all the other apprentices who have gone through a considerable period of training, study and hard work. It is a wonderful achievement.
“I also want to offer a very hearty congratulations, too, to Carillion. For one company to train in partnership with TIGERS, 1,000 modern apprentices is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates a major investment in the potential and capabilities of their young employees – Scotland’s young people.
“Helping young people to realise their potential, is essential to Scotland’s economic future. That’s why by 2020, 30,000 modern apprenticeships will be delivered in Scotland every year.
“But we cannot achieve targets like that on our own and that’s why Carillion’s efforts over the last nine years are so important – showing a deep commitment to developing and training their own workforce and in doing so enabling Scotland’s economy to grow and flourish and so I offer my thanks to Carillion for their commitment to Scotland’s young people.”
As well as meeting Connor, he also met with 12 other new apprentices and six apprentices who have recently completed.
Adam Green, managing director of Carillion’s construction services business said: “The construction industry offers great career opportunities for young people but it is facing a major skills shortage. Therefore, it is good to see young people like Connor joining an apprentice programme that will equip him with the skills to forge a great career. We all wish him well.”
John Gibson Managing Director, TIGERS said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone but the real praise is for our apprentices who have demonstrated their willingness to learn, high motivational levels and achieve the accolade of a skilled valued worker for business and the general economy”
Connor, who previously attended Holyrood Secondary school said: “I enjoyed practical subjects at school including woodwork and design and manufacturing and was interested in a career in construction. I was delighted to be offered a Modern Apprenticeship with TIGERS and Carillion and am looking forward to starting my apprenticeship
“It was a great honour to meet the Minister and I feel I am representing all the people who have previously been apprentices at this centre and the staff who have worked hard to help us start our careers.”