Thomas & Adamson gives youngsters the chance to learn from construction industry experts

Derek Banks, apprentice at Thomas & Adamson

GLOBAL construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week by showcasing the huge variety of opportunities available to individuals interested in pursuing a career within the construction and property industry.

Over the years, the company has benefited greatly from the amount of enthusiastic talent joining the industry from leading schools and universities, taking on more than 50 apprentices.

By hosting the apprenticeship program, Thomas & Adamson offers apprentices guidance through their chosen university course by appointing them a dedicated mentor. This allows the trainee to gain insight into both the industry and the business through exposure to the full range of professional services offered by Thomas & Adamson, including quantity surveying and project management. This experience can aid the trainee in determining what direction they would like their career to take upon completion of their apprenticeship.

One such apprentice, Derek Banks, 28, from Edinburgh, joined the company in 2010 as a Finance Assistant, before moving to Construction Safety Services in 2012. Last year, Derek started his apprenticeship as an Assistant Project Manager and commenced a Construction in the Built Environment graduate apprentice course at Heriot Watt University. Upon completing his apprenticeship, Derek will become a qualified Project Manager.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner at Thomas & Adamson, said: “Traditionally, apprenticeships were the go-to route for those wanting to get into a trade. However, nowadays modern-day apprenticeships give the younger generation a steppingstone into some of the best career paths, whilst gaining the appropriate qualifications.

“It is extremely important to us to invest in nurturing the right talent who exhibit ambition, energy and enthusiasm.  Through this ethos people stay with us for a long time because of how they are valued and progress through the business. It’s great to see young people develop their skills, and we would encourage any business to recognise the important role apprentices can play in the workplace.”

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