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The Cruden Group Welcomes Top Ten Apprentices

Posted: 21st August 2020

The Cruden Group has welcomed its annual intake of ten new modern apprentices as it continues its commitment to developing Scotland’s young workforce by providing a range of apprenticeship and training programmes.

The new modern apprentices will become part of the 75 strong team of apprentices that the Cruden Group is currently training, representing over 20% of their trades workforce. The Group, which is one of Scotland’s largest independent construction firms, has been delivering a modern and graduate apprentice programme for almost 50 years.

Over 250 young people applied for the roles and, following a series of tests and interviews, ten eager new recruits, have been selected to embark on a four-year modern apprenticeship programme as joiners, painters, plumbers and bricklayers, where they will learn their chosen trade through practical on the job training, while also working towards a formal qualification.

Kevin Reid, Chief Executive of the Cruden Group said: “Through our Cruden Academy, we are committed to recruiting, retaining and investing in our employees, and our modern apprenticeship programme plays a vital role.  Young people with apprenticeships are amongst the most employable in the country, not to mention becoming equipped with valuable practical skills and a good salary. Given the current economic climate, it’s all the more satisfying to start these young people off on their journey towards a rewarding career in a thriving sector.”

Apprentice painter, Amy Kyle, aged 16, said: “Painting is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m delighted to be successful on Cruden’s modern apprenticeship scheme.  I’m really looking forward to learning new skills, both on-site and in college, and to build my career in construction.”

Apprentice joiner, Jack Gallacher, aged 21, added: “Through Action for Children, I carried out a work placement opportunity with Cruden which led to a labourer’s role.  My site manager was so impressed with me that I got the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship. I’m over the moon that I’ve been selected for this year’s intake.  Getting the chance to work on-site and learn this trade is life-changing and a real dream come true for me.”

Cruden also run a range of additional training initiatives through their ‘pathways to employment’ programme and hold ‘Investors in People – Silver’ and ‘Investors in Young People – Gold’ accreditations.

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