Hospital project provides jobs spark

Sean King
Sean King

Work on a major building project at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie has breathed life into the local jobs market.

The building of a new intensive care unit and the refurbishment of operating theatres at the hospital by GRAHAM Construction will bring a vital boost to the health of residents when work is completed in 2018.

But the NHS Lanarkshire project is already boosting the community by providing full-time roles and jobs for apprentices.

One of those benefiting from the project is apprentice electrician Sean King.

Sean (18), from Cleland, has been given his start in the trade by WMQ, where his mother also works.

He said: “I knew being an electrician was a good job and I was interested in it because my uncle works in the trade.

“My mum could tell me about the company, too.

“I’ve been working on the Monklands site for a year.

“As well as learning on the job, I also go to college for several weeks a year.

“I’m really enjoying the work. It’s a good job that can be well paid as you advance, so I’m glad I got the apprenticeship because there is a lot of competition.”

Work began earlier this year on the state-of-the-art 10-bed intensive care unit (ICU), part of an ambitious £19 million project spearheaded by NHS Lanarkshire. It is due for completion in spring 2018.