Glagow shipyard offers boost to apprenticeships

Ferguson Marine shipyard
Ferguson Marine shipyard

A Clyde shipyard which was saved from closure two years ago is set to take on 150 new apprentices.

The jobs boost from Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited marks the start of Scottish 
Apprenticeship Week 2016.

The announcement was made by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work and the 150 new 
apprentices will form part of the overall growth strategy of the Inverclyde-based company which is renowned for its shipbuilding and for delivering engineering services across a range of industry sectors.

Ms Cunningham said: 
“Employing modern apprentices is helping to create a dynamic and experienced workforce to help Scotland’s industries thrive.

“This announcement of 150 new apprentices at the Fergusons shipyard on the Clyde is great news not 
only for Ferguson Marine, 
and the young people that will 
benefit, but also for Scotland as a whole.

“The announcement kicks off a week-long of events 
and engagements that will showcase the positive impact apprenticeships have on 
businesses and industry, and the value they bring to 
employers and to their job prospects.

“Modern Apprentices are key to delivering economic development and essential in providing our young people with opportunities to develop skills and gain employment.

“Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016, February 29 to March 4, is an excellent 
opportunity to draw 
attention to the value that 
apprenticeships could bring to employers, and help 
support young people into sustainable and rewarding careers.

“Since this Government came into office in 2007 more than 190,000 MA starts have been delivered and this 
Government is committed to supporting young people 
towards jobs and apprenticeships, with an aim to have 30,000 new opportunities each year by 2020.

Ferguson Marine managing director, Liam Campbell, said: “Apprenticeships are extremely important to us and our business, forming the backbone of our future growth. We aim to promote an environment that encourages all individuals to develop a firm ‘can do’ attitude.’’

‘‘We encourage growth of all employees through 
innovation and learning.’’

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