New course builds skills

Adam Fraser and fellow apprentice Owen Booth from Westhill have both benefited from the training.
Adam Fraser and fellow apprentice Owen Booth from Westhill have both benefited from the training.

North East Scotland College’s new General Construction Operatives course at Fraserburgh Campus celebrated its first cohort successfully completing the nine week College segment.

The course is part of the Level 2 Construction Operative Modern Apprenticeship available via the Construction Industry Training Board - designed for those who wish to become a skilled worker in the field of construction.

Kevin Bruce, Curriculum Quality Manager, said: “There is a huge demand for skilled operatives in the region and this apprentoceship programme is a way for new entrants to acquire the necessary skills through a combination of on the job training and college based learning.

“There are lots of companies locally looking for would-be apprentices and the College works with these new recruits to provide the knowledge and understanding skills to underpin the practical skills learnt at work.”

Adam Fraser from St Fergus is an apprentice with James Jameson Construction.

He said: “I completed a General Building Course at the College prior to being offered my apprenticeship and I have enjoyed coming back. The best bit has been the theory - it has helped me understand the reasons behind why we do what we do in the workplace.”

NESCol is holding an open afternoon from 3pm to 7pm, on Tuesday, June 9, at the Fraserburgh Campus on Henderson Road.

Skills workshops will be available in brickwork, carpentry & joinery and painting & decorating.