Firm pledges to build and develop new talent

A youngster is being given the chance to leave their mark on some major projects taking place across the north and north-east.

hub North Scotland has become the latest organisation to pledge its support to the Press and Journal Apprentice 100 campaign, and has promised to take on one extra apprentice.

The body, which is the driving force behind a range of community-based developments across the north of the country, has put supporting the next generation of tradesmen and women at the heart of its business plan.

The firm is the delivery partner for a number of major projects in the education, healthcare and emergency service sectors. Completed developments include the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village with associated Frederick Street car park, the Aberdeen Custodial Centre, Faithlie Dental Centre in Fraserburgh, Forres Medical Centre, Brimmond School in Aberdeen, Alford Community Campus, Tain Health Centre and the Woodside Fountain Health Centre in Aberdeen.

With those now operational, attention has turned to ongoing projects including Inverness Royal Academy, Wick Community Campus and Noss Primary School as well as the new Anderson High School and halls of residence in Shetland.

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In managing each project, the organisation makes a commitment both to utilising a local supply chain and to job creation – including through apprenticeships.

Chief executive Angus Macfarlane said: “We are delighted to be able to pledge to continue creating apprenticeships throughout our territory.

“In 2014-15, through our tier one contractors, hub North Scotland supported 27 modern and trade apprenticeships – five of which were newly created as a direct result of our projects. In the year ahead we would envisage a similar number of apprentices being enlisted and we take great pride in that.

“We are one of five hub companies operating throughout Scotland and the model has been very successful, with almost 100 new apprenticeship and trainee places provided.

“Our sector has always relied upon on apprenticeships as a way of maintaining high standards and our tier one contractors have been at the forefront of that, with many making individual pledges as part of the Apprentice 100 campaign. Through our projects, hub North Scotland will support them in their efforts.”

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