Link Group signs up Shire’s Jordan as new apprentice

Colin Culross, Link director of development and asset management, Rab Stevenson, trade operation manager and Keith Sutherland, trade supervisor with the new apprentices.
Colin Culross, Link director of development and asset management, Rab Stevenson, trade operation manager and Keith Sutherland, trade supervisor with the new apprentices.

Link housing group secured a deadline day transfer of its own by signing up a Shire player as one of its new apprentices.

Jordan Tapping is already useful with a ball at his feet but he’ll now add a range of plumbing, electrical and decorating skills as part of Link’s in-house maintenance team, Link Property.

He will join Danny Klienman and Connor Mathieson in completing a four-year traineeship that will include part-time study at Forth Valley College.

The trio are the first apprentices to be taken on by Link Property, which was launched last year to service homes across the Falkirk district and central Scotland.

Connor said: “I’m really enjoying my job and have already been helping my mentor, Jim Durning, to paste and hang wallpaper. I’m really interested in painting and decorating and was delighted when offered the apprenticeship with Link”.

Link worked in partnership with Falkirk Council’s Employment and Training Unit to recruit the new apprentices.

Launched in July last year, Link Property provides a “customer focussed” maintenance service to tenants and other customers.

Part of its business objectives was a priority to provide training and employment 
opportunities for young people.

Link director of development Colin Culross said: “We’re delighted to have our first trade apprentices on board. It’s exactly the type of opportunity we were keen to develop when setting up Link Property and I’m looking forward to expanding our apprenticeship programme in future years.

“Creating employment and training opportunities for young people is central to our philosophy and demonstrates our commitment to invest in local communities.”