Arc-Tech’s first ever apprentices qualify as tradespeople

The first apprentices at building services provider Arc-Tech (Scotland) have joined the firm as full-time employees.

(from left) Contracts director Alan Rogers, Stephen Shaw and managing director John Gallacher

The Glasgow-based company provides Mechanical, Electrical and Renewables to support industrial, commercial and residential projects and employs over 120 people with a turnover in excess of £18 million per year.

The company’s recruitment programme initially focused on highly experienced personnel, however, youth employment and training have remained a focus since the launch of their industry-recognised trade apprenticeship programmes in 2017.

Stephen Shaw, 22, is one of three apprentices to become a certified tradesman.

Stephen undertook his four-year programme at Cardonald College and is thrilled at being offered full-time employment with the chance to further his career with Arc-Tech.

He said: “It was a great feeling passing my trade test. The past 4 years have gone by pretty quickly and it’s something I’ve been working towards since my very first day.

“I don’t think schools promote apprenticeships enough; more can definitely be done to attract young people like myself to the industry. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of taking the first step as it is a very rewarding process.”

As part of the initial employment promise, all three apprentices from the company’s first intake will meet with the directors to discuss how they wish to further their careers by choosing to progress on-site or diversify by moving into a trainee surveyor or project manager role.

Alan Rogers, Arc-Tech (Scotland) contracts director, added: “Since our inception in 2016, we have made sure that our business is built upon solid foundations in order to best serve our clients, both in quality and customer service, which has led to a successful and sustained programme of work with some of Scotland’s biggest contractors.

“We see great value in creating an environment that will help our young people, like Stephen, grow as it will allow us to sustain these valuable relationships for the long term.

“On behalf of the Arc-Tech (Scotland) Board of Directors, I give my heartfelt congratulations to Stephen and our other graduates on becoming a fully-certified tradespeople. They have worked tirelessly throughout their programmes and are well-worthy of their employment.”

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