Forward-thinking companies who invest in training save money, boost morale and help secure the future of their businesses, according to bosses at Doosan Babcock from Westway Park in Renfrew who backed Skills Development Scotland’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week earlier this year in a bid to encourage more employers to follow their lead.
The company builds and maintains power plants around the world, and as manager Jim Fulton explains, highly skilled staff are essential. He says: “The Modern Apprenticeship programme, helps us to train our staff in our way of doing things, ensuring we get the skills we need, boosting productivity and ultimately, saving us money.
“Our Modern Apprentices benefit because they get a first step on the career ladder, and if they work hard and show enthusiasm, they can progress quickly through the ranks. It’s all about nurturing talent and bringing young people into the industry – which is necessary not just for our company but for the sector as a whole. We don’t want specialist skills to be lost.”