Our partnership with Govan High School in developing their Pre-apprenticeship Training Programme is going from strength to strength. The school and its volunteer ‘Skills for Life’ Development Officer, Peter Crawford, are building on the success of the 2014-2015 programme, which saw 6 pupils out of the 7 who undertook the SVQ in Painting and Decorating go on to further education or secure a job.
We assisted in this by converting an unused classroom into a fully-functional work area where students could practice skills in painting and decorating.
The new intake of 17 pupils are working on an expanded programme and, as well as painting and decorating, will be able to undertake SVQ qualifications in plumbing and joinery. We have contributed to this expansion by providing plumbing workshops, Health & Safety training, and PPE for the students. In addition, our HR team assisted in the interview and selection process for the programme.
The programme has been so successful that Peter Crawford and Allan Boyd, our HR Director, were invited to speak at the ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’ Conference, held at The Glasgow Hilton on 30th October 2015. Peter and Allan presented to some 200 delegates from the education sector on the positive outcomes this partnership is producing. They were joined by former Govan High pupil Lauren McCormick, now a first-year Apprentice at Morris & Spottiswood, who we were delighted to recruit from the project.