ADL apprenticeship is just the ticket

Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown with Peter McAllister and some of the ADL apprentices he met during his recent visit to the Camelon site
Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown with Peter McAllister and some of the ADL apprentices he met during his recent visit to the Camelon site

Apprentices are an integral part in one of the district’s most successful manufacturing businesses, a government minister heard.

Keith Brown was visiting Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Camelon last week where he learned that the company had a record year in 2015.

It boosted turnover to over £600 million and extended its international reach with solid business wins in mainland Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities also met some of the 80 young people involved in modern apprenticeships with the firm, many based at the principal manufacturing site in Glasgow Road.

Welcoming the minister, Peter McAllister, ADL’s Falkirk operations director, said the trainees are involved in a rolling, four-year programme.

He said: “We are aware that young people are the life-blood of the future and have been delighted with the support we receive consistently from the Scottish Government in order to purse this business philosophy.”

Mr Brown, whose visit coincided with Scottish Apprenticeship Week, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting young people towards jobs and apprenticeships, with an aim to have 30,000 new opportunities by 2020.

“Alexander Dennis Limited are a clear example of the way in which industry is helping us achieve that vision while bringing benefits to their own business by investing in a skilled workforce for the future.”