James Frew is delighted to welcome the latest intake of apprentices to the business.
The four youngsters, from Glasgow and Falkirk, have been selected to take part in the company's four year apprenticeship programme to become qualified gas engineers. During their training they will also attend weekly classes at the City of Glasgow College.
James Frew, which is based in Stevenston, has been running an apprenticeship programme for over 40 years. The company currently employs 275 staff of which 60 have taken part in the apprenticeship programme.
The new recruits will join the company's existing 17 apprentices and five pre-apprentice trainees who are all at various stages of the programme. They include Cameron MacMillan, 18, from Milnbank, Glasgow; Ross Lorentson, 19 from Falkirk; Derek Ralston, 18 from Bridgeton, Glasgow; and Lee Smith, 17, from Cardonald, Glasgow.
Kevin Kidd, Training Manager said, "All four lads were exceptional at their interview and demonstrated a real enthusiasm for the job. Cameron and Derek were selected following a visit by the team to their school, St Mungo's Academy. In his spare time Cameron was helping out the plumbers in his local housing association as was Ross who was working in an admin role for a housing association but dealing with gas safety checks, whilst Lee had undertaken a pre-apprentice course.
"The pre-apprentice courses were introduced to the business fairly recently and it's as much to see if the students have the commitment and like the various aspects of the job before undertaking a four year course. The programme has been very successful for us and frequently we have more than one generation of the same family working in the business.
"Our next intake of recruits will be in the spring and the apprenticeship programme is open to anyone aged over 16 and they also receive a nationally recognised qualification"