Praise for top apprentice plumber
8th September 2014
The success of an apprentice plumber from Dornoch who won the Student of the Year 2013/2014 title for SVQ 3 Domestic Plumbing 2nd Year from Inverness College has been recognised by Highland Councillors.
At the start of the recent Community Services Committee, members learned of Andrew Fraser's success and took the opportunity to congratulate him and pay tribute to the support and training given by council staff.
As well as attending block training at Inverness College covering a variety of practical and theory subjects, Andrew, who was recruited by the Council in August 2012, forms part of the Dornoch Building Maintenance Team. During his training he was mentored by a qualified plumber, carrying out day to day and other works on Highland Council domestic properties.
The Council's Building Maintenance Service runs a very successful apprentice programme with 24 apprentices going through their training at any one time. Over the summer six were appointed to work in depots located in Caithness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Inverness and Lochaber.
Chairman, Graham MacKenzie said: "We are committed to nurturing young people and helping them to develop the skills necessary to build successful careers and invest in the region of £500K each year into our apprenticeship programme. Our scheme, which is geared towards finding home-grown talent and turning learning opportunities into permanent jobs, is proving to be very effective with the majority of young people securing employment with the council following the completion of their training. I would like to congratulate Andrew and all our other apprentices and trainees who are working hard and I wish them all a very prosperous future."
The Council's apprentices are based throughout Highland and ‘earn while they learn’ which is an important point in relation to protecting fragile communities both socially and economically as it keeps skills and young people in their local communities.
Caroline Campbell, Performance and Building Maintenance Manager with the Council added: "Building Maintenance is proud that it is playing its part in upskilling young employees in the Highlands. We are delighted with Andrew’s success. It not only reflects his own achievements but is testament to the training and coaching he receives from his colleagues."
The Council’s next apprentice recruitment drive will be in May and June next year and staff will be particularly encouraging more females to apply to join the apprentice scheme.
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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