Building firm cements relationship with Forth Valley College

A sustainable building services company has laid a strong foundation for a lasting relationship with Forth Valley College with another FVC apprentice joining the firm.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:49 am

Viridis continued to show its support to the college with the appointment of young engineer Alicia Barrett

Based in the Falkirk office, Alicia is the second apprentice Viridis has taken on from FVC, with Cameron Graham joining the growing team in 2019.

The company stated it is committed to training and educating the next generation of net-zero design engineers to create a greener, more sustainable future and help bridge the skills gap. 

Former Forth Valley College students Alicia Barrett and Cameron Graham are now rising stars at building firm Viridis

Alicia has always had a passion for science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects and completed a pre-apprenticeship engineering course at Forth Valley College, earning her a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and, subbsequently, a coveted post with Viridis.

She said: “I first became interested in pursuing a career in engineering after one of my teachers suggested I look into apprenticeships. I like the fact various engineering disciplines strive to make the world a better place – whether building more sustainably or finding new and innovative ways to do things.

"I was immediately attracted to Viridis when I found out about the company’s commitment to discovering green solutions that can be implemented to create a more environmentally-friendly future.”

Cameron initially started his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Building Services Engineering course at FVC in 2019 and is now finishing his degree part-time alongside his role as a junior design engineer at Viridis.

He said: “For anyone at the start of their engineering career, I would strongly recommend the part time studying route. It can sometimes be challenging to juggle working and studying, but in the long run it offers you the best of both worlds and will provide a more rounded approach to your career.

"I really enjoy the variety of my day-to-day role at Viridis and it’s great to be able to learn and earn at the same time.”

Lee Marshall, managing director at Viridis, is pleased to have such young and talented recruits on board.

He said: “I welcome Alicia – we are fortunate she’s become part of our team. At Viridis, we’re incredibly passionate about providing opportunities for budding engineers who are enthusiastic about sustainability, as well as supporting them with any part-time education or training that that will benefit their future.

“Cameron is also a fantastic example of how someone with the right attitude and determination can carve out a successful start to their career, while also taking the time to earn some industry-recognised qualifications.

"It’s been great to work alongside Forth Valley College over the last few years to nurture some of their former students and provide as much support as possible to give them the best start within the engineering world.”

Lorraine Kerr, FVC business development partner, added: “Alicia has worked hard throughout the year on the engineering pre-apprentice course, and she was absolutely delighted to secure an apprenticeship with Viridis.

“The engineering pre-apprenticeship has been running very successfully for four years now, and is a fantastic stepping stone for young people to progress onto a MA. Cameron has taken another route via the HND and it has also helped him progress to university and then to full-time employment which is great.”