Flying the flag for taking on apprentices

Some of the new intake of apprentices at Bellshill-based Saltire Facilities Management Limited
Some of the new intake of apprentices at Bellshill-based Saltire Facilities Management Limited

At a time when employment of apprentices has plummeted in the UK, Bellshill-based Saltire Facilities Management Limited have increased their annual intake of apprentices.

Every year Saltire take on about eight apprentices, but this year they have recruited 21 apprentices from across Lanarkshire and further afield.

This is made up of twelve gas apprentices (Kieran McDonald from Motherwell; Kieran McKenna from Airdrie; Sean McGoldrick, Fraser Deigan and Robbie O’Toole from Coatbridge; Adam Robertson from Glasgow, Jake Grandison from Edinburgh; Ryan Pirrie, Tommy Cowan and Michael Worrall from Dumfries; Neil Cathcart and Jamie McKendrick from Ayrshire), four electrical (Scott Davenport from Cumbernauld; Nathan Clive from Airdrie; Leo McCabe from Bellshill; Jonathan Allison from Barrhead), two facilities (Stephen Devlin from Cambuslang; Luke Richardson from Uddingston; one plumber (Daniel Nally from Uddingston), one IT (Adam Reilly from Wishaw) and one administrator (Carrie Anderson from Motherwell).

The trades apprenticeships take three years and the office based apprenticeships take one year.

Saltire has a reputation of retaining all successful apprentices at the end of their training, most of whom still work for Saltire years later and some of whom have been promoted within the organisation.

Saltire director David Weston said: “For us bucking the national trend and bringing in new apprentices just makes good business sense.

“Saltire has an excellent reputation in the industry for the quality and safety of its works and in order to maintain this it is important that we train our employees to meet our exacting standards.

“Further, as an expanding local company we get involved in many community benefits and employing apprentices is an excellent way to help the community.”