Building a set of new skills

Newly qualified apprentices at Fife Council's Keir Hardie Street depot in Methil
Newly qualified apprentices at Fife Council's Keir Hardie Street depot in Methil
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FIFE Council’s Keir Hardie Stret depot in Methil hosted a ceremony in which recently-qualified apprentices from around the Kingdom marked their achievements.

A total of 35 had qualified, with 32 securing full-time contracts with the council’s building services.

Thirteen of those who qualified had been adopted from the private sector, having been made redundant from their original apprenticeships.

Fife Provost Jim Leishman also congratulated Andres Pinero-Ruiz, a third year apprentice joiner with Fife Council, on Scottish and national success at this year’s APSE apprentice and trainee awards.

Alan Hill, service manager for building services said: “The council has a commitment to creating more job opportunities for younger people and this is one of the ways we are delivering on that. I’m particularly pleased that several of our newly qualified apprentices were recruited from the private sector following redundancy. It has given them a second chance to qualify in their trade as well as a full-time job as a result.”