Learning on the job

A Cove lad has been appointed Barratt North Scotland’s first new apprentice of 2015 as part of the housebuilder’s ambitious plans to recruit at least 10 new apprentices this year.

Andy Ross, 17, has joined the construction team as an apprentice plumber at the company’s Burnside development in Aberdeen, where he will receive on the job training while attending college over the next four years.

Andy Ross

Inspired to pursue an apprenticeship by his joiner grandfather, who he spent his summer holidays helping, Andy is already supporting the team and gaining new skills by operating tools, undertaking lead and copper work and lagging pipes.

Speaking of his experience so far, he said: “I’m really enjoying working with everyone onsite.

“It’s a really friendly environment – you get to have a laugh while getting your work done, and people are really good at giving you tips and advice.

“I’m really looking forward to becoming more independent as I progress.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to gain qualifications whilst earning at the same time.

“They also open so many doors, particularly in construction.

“In the long term, I’m ambitious to work my way up to site management once I’ve completed my apprenticeship and spent some time on the tools.”

Construction director of Barratt Homes North Scotland, David Stewart, oversees the development of Barratt Homes’ apprentices in north Scotland.

He said: “The building and construction sector offers a wide range of career opportunities.

“As the UK and Scotland’s leading housebuilder, we are committed to investing in Scotland’s young people to ensure we’ve got the right skills in place to meet the continually increasing demand for homes.

“That’s why we have placed such great importance on developing our award-winning apprenticeship programme.

“We’re delighted Andy has joined our team in the north and I wish him all the best as he progresses through his apprenticeship with us.”

According to statistics from the Construction Industry Training Board, Scotland’s construction industry needs 2,500 apprentices in the coming year to meet the demands of this growing sector.

Since 2010, around 30 apprentices have benefited from the Barratt Academy (Barratt Homes’ apprenticeship scheme) in the north of Scotland.

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