A helping hand for home-grown talent

Offering new opportunities for home-grown talent, family-run firm Gray and Adams is offering new modern apprenticeships in partnership with Banff and Buchan College – a project that has been recognised at the recent Business to College Awards.

Since it was established in 1957, Gray and Adams has grown throughout the country, but still remains close to its roots in Fraserburgh.

Working closely with the college, it has developed a four-strand modern apprenticeship – covering electronics, manufacture, maintenance, and welding.

Following a recent expansion, the company required a new training programme to accompany the new avenues the business had taken in manufacturing a variety of products, including prisoner escort vehicles, refrigerated storage and mobile shop facilities.

In order to ensure its employees are well-equipped for what the future may hold for the growing business, the company turned to Banff and Buchan College.

The college developed a bespoke Modern Apprenticeship to ensure staff are well trained to work on any new ventures that Gray and Adams may undertake.

College technology curriculum leader Steven Wilson, who was involved in the negotiations to set up the scheme, said: “It is fantastic that the Business to College Awards have recognised our partnership.

“The bespoke MA programme enables students to gain a qualification while gaining practical skills and experience to help them to progress in a career with Gray and Adams.

“The partnership has been mutually beneficial for both parties. Through the relationship, the college has also been able to support the company in other areas of skills development including health and safety for supervisory and middle-management.

“In return, Gray and Adams has supported the college by providing essential pieces of training equipment and materials to enhance the experience of other engineering students.”

The success of this programme was recently recognised by Scotland’s Colleges at the Business to College Awards.

The partnership was highly commended at the awards that recognise successful partnerships between colleges and the business community in Scotland.

Gray and Adams director, James Gray, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our ongoing apprenticeship programme.

“The company has long been dedicated to its apprenticeships and this project with Banff and Buchan College helps us to create a bespoke apprenticeship programme aligned to the needs of our business and also take advantage of ‘home grown’ talent, which is very important to us.”