07 Mar 2018
To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), trade apprentices from one of Scotland’s largest construction firms talk about their life on the job and their studies.
Declan McAllister and Grant Dolan are part of a 71-strong group of trade apprentices that have embarked on a career path with Glasgow-based construction company, CCG (Scotland) Ltd.
The specialist firm offers a wide range of opportunities including plumbing, bricklaying and joinery trades as well as modern apprentice roles in administration, quantity surveying, health and safety and buying amongst others.
Declan, 21, is learning to become a bricklayer and is in his fourth and final year as a trade apprentice.
Declan said: “I was inspired to take up a trade apprenticeship because of the future career opportunities and because I am earning while I learn the trade. It can be a tough environment on a construction site, particularly with the weather, but after four years, I am confident that a bricklayer trade was a good choice. Bricklayers are in really high demand in Scotland and I am really looking forward to the next stage of my career.”
Grant Dolan, 20, is in his second year as a bricklayer who balances his time at Glasgow Kelvin College and on site based alongside Declan at an affordable housing development in the south side of Glasgow.
Grant said: “I really enjoy the balance between my college work and pratical on site experience. Working on site and at college has allowed me to meet a lot of new people and it is always interesting to speak with the more experienced guys on site as they are always available to offer up advice.”
CCG is a leading provider of job opportunities and training and apprenticeship programmes. The business has 600 staff across a Group of five companies comprising construction, off-site manufacturing, timber window and doors manufacturing, planned maintenance and mechanical and electrical servicing.
In 2017, the CCG Group recruited 22 trade apprentices. Building on this in 2018, the business is committed to at least 15 trade apprentices and 16 management, professional and administration trainees.
Alastair Wylie, Chairman and CEO of CCG, commented:
“For CCG, Scottish Apprenticeship Week is something worth celebrating. Our 71 apprentices are a hard-working group of people and are integral to our business. It is an exciting time to be in construction and whilst our industry needs to do more for skills replenishment, CCG has still seen record demand for places – our 2018 intake was launched in Feburary and we had to cease accepting registrations after just three working days due to the volume of applicants.”
“Our young people are our future and I am confident all of our staff, apprentices and trainees, will do very well as they progress with CCG’s group of companies.”
Pictured: Grant Dolan (left) and Declan McAllister (right).