Local firm’s experience highlights importance of apprenticeships

Iain Gray MSP has visited Macmerry-based steel and aluminium structure design and fabrication company, Had Fab, to help mark this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March).

The theme for apprenticeship week this year is ‘Skills for the Future’, recognising the importance of investing in the workforce, and that was very much at the heart of Had Fab’s enthusiastic support for apprenticeships.

Working with Skills Development Scotland, which organises the week, Mr Gray visited the firm to hear more about why apprenticeships are so important to its development and to meet some of the seven apprentices currently working at Had Fab.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an important opportunity to showcase the benefits apprenticeships bring to individuals, businesses and the economy. I always support and help promote the week and was very pleased to visit Had Fab and meet some of their apprentices this year.

“As well as meeting five of the firm’s current apprentices, who all had positive things to say about their own apprenticeships, I also met a couple of former apprentices who have moved on to more senior positions within the business.

“Had Fab’s experience is a great example of why investment in apprenticeships can help secure long term benefits for businesses. They have helped to develop some outstanding individuals who are now contributing to the firm’s continuing success.”

Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates said:

“Work-based learning is providing the skills needed for a successful Scotland. The theme for this year is ‘Skills for the Future’ which recognises the importance of investing in our workforce.

“We want more people and businesses across Scotland to benefit from the growing number of opportunities available in different sectors and workplaces.”