College-Employer Partnership Celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 - The BESA

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

College-Employer Partnership Celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

The highly successful partnership between BESA Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College is providing excellent benefits for young Scottish engineering apprentices.

Four key engineering employers – FES, James Frew, MAQ Air Conditioning and City Refrigeration who are all BESA member organisations – have shown their commitment to developing their apprentices by providing a range of quality industry standard products and resources to the College to support apprenticeship training.

As one of the College’s key partners in building services engineering, BESA Scotland helped to broker this contribution.  It ensures that apprentices are receiving training which is industry-relevant and that they are familiar with new and sustainable technologies. 

Iain McCaskey of BESA Scotland said, “It is fantastic that our membership organisations are supporting apprentices by providing them with the latest equipment.  This gives our young people the opportunity to work on the most modern technology in the industry.  It is a fine example of our employer organisations not only supporting BESA and Glasgow Kelvin College but ensuring an experienced and skilled workforce for the future.”

To mark this generous support, local MSP for Springburn, Bob Doris, came along to Glasgow Kelvin College to meet staff and students and help them celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week.  He also got the chance to see how the resources are used in the training workshops to enhance the learning of tomorrow’s skilled trades and professionals.

Mr Doris said; “It was great to hear directly from engineering apprentices about how the partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College and employers is making a huge difference to their skills and training.  The Springburn based college is a modern and impressive campus, and a fitting location given the area’s historic connection with engineering.

“The partnership developed by BESA is a vital component in delivering on the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to ensure 30,000 new apprenticeships are undertaken each and every year by 2020.  I commend the obvious dedication of apprentices and college staff, as well as the investment from both the Scottish Government and industry.”

Anne Porter, Head of Faculty – Engineering, Construction and Science at Glasgow Kelvin said; “We are extremely grateful to these employers for providing such a high standard of resources for our students to use in the workshops.  Both BESA and our own staff have worked hard to bring this about and we are delighted to receive these resources which are an investment in the future of the trades and their apprentices.”

Alan Sherry, College Principal added; “We are delighted to welcome Bob Doris, our local MSP along to the College once again to show his support of our students in Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 and to celebrate our strong and continuing partnership with BESA Scotland.

 “The College is grateful that these key employers have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our learners by providing state of the art equipment. This generous donation will ensure that we will continue to provide a quality learning experience preparing our young people for the world of work.”

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