Scotland’s largest independent bus company, McGill’s, celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with its new Investors in Young People accreditation, which has been increased to Silver due to the company’s ongoing commitment to the training and development of young people.
Every year, McGill’s takes on apprentices and gives them the chance to learn on the job and progress within a leading transport industry organisation. It currently employs 12 young engineers in three different trade disciplines: coach building, electrical and mechanical across its five depots. Fresh ideas are welcomed and encouraged by the company because they are key to moving forward.
“Our apprentices are a great asset to our company and we know that recruiting and developing young people allows us to build a dynamic and productive workforce for the future,” said Ralph Roberts, McGill’s Managing Director.
“McGill’s is delighted to achieve our Silver accreditation from Investors in Young People, as for a number of years we have taken on young workers and trained them through modern apprenticeships. We put a lot of effort into the 4 year programme for our apprentices, giving an opportunity for all involved to shape their own capabilities and achievements for the future,” he added.
Sharon Kelly, Head of Operations for the West at Skills Development Scotland, commented on the benefits of taking on apprentices: “Across the area, many employers, young people and their parents are backing apprenticeships. Apprenticeships and work-based learning boost productivity, service quality and staff morale. There’s no better time to find out about how apprenticeships could bring benefits to your business, or about the career pathways they can provide to young people.”
National Apprenticeship Week took place last week, from the 5th until the 9th of March, and its aim is to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and the value they bring to the business and economy.