ServGroup answers P&J’s apprentice call

A Highland energy services firm has powered up the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign by offering a young person a chance to flourish in their career.

ServGroup will take on a new business and administration apprentice at its base in Alness as part of our crusade to drum up dozens of new jobs for promising youngsters.

The company, which started life as CoilServ in 2007 before rebranding six years later, provides a range of oilfield services and training programmes for energy sector clients.

Chloe Smith

ServGroup’s aptitude for training and development was recognised two years ago when it attained Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) approved centre status.

The accreditation allows it to lay on a range of courses in-house, a major advantage for a company with a limited number of colleges in its vicinity.

Managing director and founder Norman Hollister said ServGroup’s training centre status would stand the firm in good stead at a time when the oil and gas sector is pushing to increase the skill levels of its workforce.

He said he was keen to find a local youngster to fill the new position and thinks more companies should look to harness their surrounding talent pools.

“It’s not easy for youngsters to find work in the current climate,” he said. “Businesses need to give young people a chance to develop themselves, more so locally.

“We are committed to bringing in people and helping them plot their career paths.”

Chloe Smith, a current business and administration apprentice at ServGroup, has enjoyed every minute since joining the firm last month.

Miss Smith, an 18-year-old from Alness, said she has learned practical office skills such as taking and transferring calls, processing petty cash and using office equipment. She has also been getting to grips with ServGroup’s unique database, which is used to manage the business and mobilise its workforce.

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