Second chance for apprentice

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AN APPRENTICE made redundant after the collapse of a Dundee engineering firm has picked up his training thanks to the efforts of Dundee City Council and a well-known local employer.

David Knight, 26 was in his third year as an apprentice fabricator plater with PressureFab when the firm went to the wall in July 2016.

“I was really disheartened and concerned that I would not find another employer who would take me on and allow me to finish my apprenticeship,” he said. “During the six months I was out of work I contacted and handed CVs into all relevant companies within a two hour radius.”

During this time David, from Kirkton, got help from the council’s Community Benefits programme to update his CV, which was then circulated by the team around the main contractors working on council projects including Balfour Beatty, BAM and Robertsons.

It was also shared with those contractors’ local supply chain, along with details of the Adopt an Apprentice grant and it was at that point that David and the team’s efforts paid off.

Local steel fabrication and architectural metalwork company Metaltech UK, have subcontracts with Balfour Beatty, BAM and Robertson and they offered David an interview.

The former Lawside Academy pupil said: “I went in to see them just before Christmas, the first interview with an apprentice employer I had secured in the six months.

“I was excited but really nervous so when I was contacted three days later and offered a position as a fabricator apprentice, I was dead happy.”

Established in 2008, Dundee based Metaltech UK service the construction industry and energy sectors throughout the UK offering a wide range of products and services including architectural metalwork, stainless steel and mild steel fabrications, design and build, structural steelwork, and much more.

Wattie Milne, Metaltech’s managing director said: “We are committed to investing in the community by creating jobs and developing skills across Tayside, and the apprenticeship David had already started fitted well with our requirements.

“We have taken on apprentices from the local area every year since 2008 and David is one of 10 that we currently employ at various stages of their four year training programme.

“The scheme involves time spent working in each of the workshops and on site, on a range of tasks from folding, welding, punching, fabricating and installation, combined with day release for study at Dundee and Angus College.

“Each of the apprentices has been allocated a mentor within Metaltech UK to offer them support during their apprenticeship.

“Developing new talent within engineering is key to the success of the business and our apprentice programme enables us to build engineering talent from the ground up, adding to the local skills pool.”

As well as the 10 apprentices Metaltech also employs 43 people and is aiming to open up new opportunities in other sectors including oil and gas, energy, food and drink and utilities markets to further their growth.

David concluded: “The really exciting thing about my new employer is that you get experience in different areas of fitting and fabrication.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank those involved in helping me secure this position and in particular Metaltech for giving me the chance to finish the remainder of my apprenticeship.” 

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