Falkirk’s apprentices are the tools to better jobs

Gordon Grant with Ineos apprentices Ellen Milne and Iain Park
Gordon Grant with Ineos apprentices Ellen Milne and Iain Park
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Bosses from some of the district’s top oil and gas companies swapped their suits for overalls to return to the shop floor.

The top brass from firms like Ineos and BP were not plugging a staff shortage or inspecting their staff, but instead were working alongside some of Forth Valley College’s Modern Apprentices.

Yesterday’s (Wednesday) event in the technical wing of the Falkirk campus took place as part of Scottish Apprentice Week, which aims to increase employers’ awareness of what it’s like to be an apprentice and highlight the benefits this type of training can offer to businesses.

Among those taking part were Gordon Grant, works general manager at Ineos; Tom Moore, terminal manager at BP; and Stephen Kelly, project manager at Scottish Power.

Mr Grant helped strip a type of lobe pump which would typically be used in the food industry with Ineos first year apprentices Iain Park (18), from Larbert, and Ellen Milne (18), from Polmont.

He said: “It’s great to work with talented apprentices like Iain and Ellen.

“It’s a great opportunity for them, and a great time to be coming into the industry.”

Iain has several relatives already working in the engineering sector, but Ellen said she was the first in her family to learn a practical trade.

She said: “I decided when I was in sixth year that I wanted to learn something hands on.

“It’s been a great experience so far.”