Firm aims to build in talent for the future

A north-east building firm is laying the groundwork for the industry’s future by signing up to the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Chap Group – which is involved in a number of areas in construction and engineering – has promised to add two new faces to its team over the next year as part of our campaign to cement 100 new jobs in 100 days.

The firm, which was established in 1976, has a long history of giving new blood a chance.

One apprentice who has turned an opportunity into success is former Kincorth Academy pupil Jordan Pirie, who is now a time-served bricklayer.

Bricklayer Jordan Pirie and joiner Glen Webster.

The 21-year-old amateur boxer said: “I must have sent my CV to 15 different companies – and got just two replies.

“Chap was one of those and the first to invite me to an interview.

“That went well and I was really pleased when I was an offered an apprenticeship.

“Having been through the process, I’d recommend it to anyone. I got the benefit of the experience of those around me and also got to work on a lot of different projects. When I left school I wanted to find something that would allow me to work outdoors and also keep fit, on top of my training. The building trade ticked the boxes and I enjoy what I do.”

Hugh Craigie, Chap Group’s joint managing director, added: “We view apprentices as the lifeblood of the construction industry as a whole, not just our own company.

“Bringing through skilled and dedicated individuals is essential for the long-term health of the sector and it is something we are fully committed to continuing.

“There are great benefits to us as a company but it is about more than that, in our opinion.

“We feel we have a moral obligation to provide opportunities to those taking their first steps on the ladder and to ensure the knowledge and experience we have within the group is shared and passed on.”

To find out how to become an apprentice with Chap, visit www.citb.co.uk or e-mail@chap.co.uk

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