When Dundee-based Scottish Electric Group went into liquidation in August 2017 the entire workforce, including 20 apprentices, lost their jobs.
PACE is the Partnership Action for Continued Employment; the Scottish Government’s national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. PACE organised an event for the Scottish Electric Group apprentices, and invited companies with vacancies to come along to interview the apprentices.
Rachael Thomas, Community Benefits Policy Officer at Dundee City Council said: “We contacted the apprentices who hadn’t found new jobs and provided, or arranged, one to one CV and interview support. A range of contractors interviewed apprentices on the day. FES, a contractor on the Victoria & Albert Museum of Design project, was particularly supportive. The company sent their training officer and contract manager to interview apprentices and skilled tradespeople.”
FES Training Officer Kenny Stewart said: “The candidates came across really well in the interviews and this was backed up by good college reports. We were delighted to offer 5 apprentices a position with our company. Our work on the V&A project in Dundee provided us with an excellent opportunity to enable the apprentices to finish their apprenticeships on a local project.”
The Scottish Government supports apprentices made redundant as a result of the economic downturn through the Adopt an Apprentice (AAA) programme. Employers are offered £2,000 to employers to employ redundant apprentices and continue their training. Both the AAA programme and PACE are managed by Skills Development Scotland.
Rachael said: "It was great to see partners working so well together and the industry really coming together to support people. Within three weeks of the redundancy announcement 19 of the 20 apprentices are back in work and continuing with their apprenticeships."
The five apprentices recruited by FES are currently hard at work on the V&A site.