A group of eleven apprentices have completed their latest stint at the North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh campus as part of a pilot construction course.
Delivered by the college and supported by local employers and CITB Scotland, the SQA approved General Construction Operative course has been reintroduced as a result of increased industry demand.
The SVQ level 2 Apprenticeship lasts for two years and combines off-the-job college training alongside on-site training with employers.
Using the course criteria as set out by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the course comprises groundwork, manual handling, core skills and Health and Safety training.
The level 2 programme will ensure apprentices grasp all the requisite skills, supplying the local employment market with a high quality labour force.
Kevin Bruce, Curriculum and Quality Manager at the Fraserburgh campus, and local CITB Apprenticeship Officer, Allan Morrison worked closely to set up the training programme.
Allan Morrison, CITB Apprenticeship Officer for the Banff and Buchan area, commented: “We firmly believe the General Construction Operative course will be a huge success for the local industry.
“The mix of onsite and offsite training allows the apprentices to properly combine their theoretical knowledge with actual hands-on experience, which will be of significant benefit to their employers.
“We are grateful to the local industry for the support they’ve given the programme and will continue to work closely with North East Scotland College and construction employers to try and ensure this becomes a permanent fixture in the region’s training calendar.”
Kevin Bruce, Curriculum and Quality Manager at North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh campus, said: “The General Construction Operative course is a great way for apprentices to develop both their onsite capabilities and their wider offsite knowledge.
“By exposing apprentices to a more diverse range of work and expertise, we are not only fulfilling the local industry’s demand for skilled labour but also ensuring that it can flourish in the future.”
As well as the technical benefits of higher-skilled ground workers, participating employers also receive onsite and offsite support from CITB Scotland and can apply for Level 2 grant funding to help support their apprenticeship programmes.
For more information on the General Construction Operative course at North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh campus, contact Allan Morrison, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, on 07557 584362.