Fifth of Scotia Homes workers to be trainees A100 Scotia Homes

A north-east housebuilder has delivered a five-star boost to the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Ellon-based Scotia Homes decided a fifth of its trades workers should be trainees when it launched its own programme to nurture the talent of tomorrow four years ago. It has 26 apprentices on its books – 23% of its staff – and has pledged to hire another five as part of our crusade to generate 100 jobs in 100 days.

The new posts will cover a range of trades, with training provided by colleges in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh – and by Scotia’s own team of experienced mentors.

Every employee at the firm – right up to director level – is put on a training and development plan.

Scotia’s apprentices have been recognised both locally and nationally for the quality of their work, while a number of former trainees now occupy senior project management positions at the company.

 Liam Bruce

One of the firm’s high-flying apprentices is Liam Bruce, a 20-year-old who is doing an HNC in construction. He has won several industry accolades since leaving school in fifth year to join Scotia, including apprentice of the year at North East of Scotland College in Fraserburgh in 2014, and the same title at the 2015 North East Trade Awards.

He was also a finalist in an industry craft competition last year, during which he fashioned a key cabinet using his hands and a pile of wood in the space of seven hours to win a selection of tools. Liam said: “I’m a practical person and have always been interested in understanding how things are put together.

“I love doing things with my hands. I still have my Lego, though I do not take it out so much.”

Mr Bruce, who started as a joiner at Scotia, wants to progress to site management and play an active role in training the firm’s new, young recruits.

Construction director Joe Boyle said apprentices were Scotia’s future and that he was delighted to support Apprentice 100.

He said: “Scotia Homes is proud to contribute to the Press and Journal Apprentice 100 campaign. We see our apprenticeship programme as not just being a job, but the start of a journey with Scotia.

“As we predominantly promote from within, many of our tradesmen and graduates have moved into site management or health and safety careers, leading to project management, HSEQ advisers and director positions.”

Become a Scotia Homes apprentice by visiting www.scotia-homes.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships

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