We use the driving force of community benefits to deliver a range of training and employment opportunities to a diverse range of people, including minority and other under-represented groups. Working in partnership with key stakeholders, we ensure that our employees, including apprentices, are encouraged to reach their full potential and that our training and development programmes provide a genuine, lasting legacy for the City of Glasgow and beyond.
Our award-winning Queenslie Training Centre and Construction Skills Academy are the focus for the country’s largest – and most successful apprentice training scheme, which delivers the full range of construction trades.
Some of our apprentices are recognised with regional and national awards for their achievements and determination to excel.
The Young Minority Ethnic Awards Scotland – Apprentice of the Year 2010
Apprentice, Naveed Mohammed was announced as the Young Minority Ethnic Award Apprentice of the Year.
Naveed, an apprentice joiner, was recognised for his excellent handskills, attention to detail and for his good planning and organisational abilities.
Naveed is a mature and responsible apprentice, with an excellent work attitude and communication skills, which he puts to good effect whether at college, on-site or when attending primary school Careers Days.
Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative – Apprentice of the Year
Apprentice, Francine Chisholm was named Apprentice of the Year.
Francine, an apprentice electrician, was recognised for her good practical ability, high quality of work and pride in everything she produces.
Francine continues to develop and to gain in confidence, both on-site and in the classroom.
Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year 2010
John Lockhart, painting apprentice, has won his way through to the national finals of the UK-wide Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year awards.
John won an iPod shuffle and a Brush Mate storage box for his efforts. He has generously donated the Brush Mate to his colleagues at Queenslie Training Centre in Glasgow.
Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year is a prestigious painting and decorating competition which celebrates talent and encourages young people to pursue a career in the decorating industry.
The competition was launched in 2005, and consists of a series of regional heats and a national final. It assesses students’ painting and decorating skills and a package of prizes worth £2,000 is awarded to the winner.
Graham Chatham, senior instructor at Queenslie Training Centre, said: “John performed really well and received loads of compliments.
“We’re extremely proud of John’s achievement in getting as far as he did. He was only a whisker away from the top spot and his success will stand him in good stead for the future.”