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The Cruden Group has welcomed ten new modern apprentices as it continues its commitment to developing Scotland’s young workforce

The new modern apprentices will be provided with a range of apprenticeship and training programmes.

The new modern apprentices will become part of the 75 strong team of apprentices that the Cruden Group is currently training, representing over 20% of their trades workforce.

Cruden has been delivering a modern and graduate apprentice programme for almost 50 years.

Over 250 young people applied for the roles and, following a series of tests and interviews, ten eager new recruits, have been selected to embark on a four-year modern apprenticeship programme as joiners, painters, plumbers and bricklayers.

The recruits will learn their chosen trade through practical on the job training, while also working towards a formal qualification.

Recruiting, retaining and investing in employees

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, said: “Through our Cruden Academy, we are committed to recruiting, retaining and investing in our employees, and our modern apprenticeship programme plays a vital role.

“Young people with apprenticeships are amongst the most employable in the country, not to mention becoming equipped with valuable practical skills and a good salary.

“Given the current economic climate, it’s all the more satisfying to start these young people off on their journey towards a rewarding career in a thriving sector.”

Apprentice painter, Amy Kyle, aged 16, said: “Painting is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m delighted to be successful on Cruden’s modern apprenticeship scheme.

“I’m really looking forward to learning new skills, both on-site and in college, and to build my career in construction.”

Apprentice joiner, Jack Gallacher, aged 21, added: “Through Action for Children, I carried out a work placement opportunity with Cruden which led to a labourer’s role.

“My site manager was so impressed with me that I got the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship.

“I’m over the moon that I’ve been selected for this year’s intake. Getting the chance to work on-site and learn this trade is life-changing and a real dream come true for me.”

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