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MEMBER STORY APPRENTICES


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business but it’s worth it because of the additional help the apprentices bring,” said David. “The long-term benefits of developing home-grown talent is important to continuity and ongoing success. They allow the business stay competitive and personally I also like seeing people do well so it’s great to see the apprentices succeed. “One of my previous apprentices is in Birmingham, doing exceptionally well with his own business, another is in Inverness working on wind farm contracts. Another two have set up in our local area and are also very successful. I don’t see them as a threat as we all offer different services and I’ve got a lot respect for them all. “I fully support my whole team, past and present. We speak all the time and we’ll help each other out whenever we need to.” David has seen first-hand the opportunities that an apprenticeship can open up. Before setting up his own


“We reviewed our business vehicles policy, and also how we accessed the various sites while ensuring that the appropriate PPE was in place”


business, he spent a year working in Australia using the skills he’d gained during his apprenticeship. He said: “Once you’ve got your trade


it’s set in stone and you’ll always find work if you want it. I travelled to Australia and because I had a trade it meant I could network straight away which was important. A trade gives you so many opportunities in life to go wherever you want.”


Te challenge of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges for all businesses, including


David’s. At the start of the first lockdown he was kept busy with emergency callouts and also worked for a company producing PPE for the UK and Scottish Governments, installing machinery at sites on both sides of the border. The firm’s workload has remained high and, like all businesses, it’s had to change how it operates to follow the latest health and safety guidelines. David made sure the apprentices’ views were taken on board when the new processes were developed.


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David, front, has always believed in taking on apprentices to strengthen his team


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