Firm to put youngsters on firm foundations

A builder will give a talented youngster the tools they need for a top career after teaming up with the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Elgin-based Darroch & Allan (D&A) currently employs 13 apprentices in various disciplines and is now on the lookout for a new bricklayer as part of our mission to boost youth employment prospects.

The successful candidate will be signed up for a course at Moray College and will also learn from the tradesmen at D&A.

The firm also offers employees a wide range of development options and has a long-running exchange programme which gives workers a chance to spend time on construction sites in Denmark.

Darroch staff

D&A has traditionally brought in two apprentice joiners and one trainee bricklayer every year, but it has become more difficult to get the right calibre of youngsters from schools.

Safety and training manager Graham Henderson said apprentices were the “lifeblood” of the business, adding that the race is on to recruit more young people as a large proportion of workers near retirement.

He said Moray was still managing to produce enough workers to fulfil D&A's needs, for now.

One product of Moray schools is Steven Stuart, who confirmed he had added many strings to his bow since joining D&A as an apprentice plasterer in 2007.

After he completed his traineeship, the company enrolled him on a traditional masonry course, during which he learned how to use lime mortar as a substitute for cement.

Mr Stuart, 29, said: “It’s good to be in different places all the time. I could not handle being stuck in an office.”

Apply to become an apprentice at D&A by sending a CV to managing director Andrew Fordyce: andrew@darroch-allan.co.uk

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