Celebrating modern apprentice week!! #NAW2019

During 2018 Stewart & Shields hired several modern apprentices, both male and female to support their growing business.   

A family founded and managed business, based in Helensburgh, Stewart & Shields Building Contractors, has successfully grown in scale, reputation and experience since the early 1950s.

The company pride themselves in investing in the young workforce having supported and partnered with key organisations who support young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, such as Action for Children, Aberlour Trust and Street Soccer Scotland.

This reflects and supports  the company’s values in recognising that the contribution and investment in these young people & apprenticeship programmes leads to individual and company growth.

Some of these apprentices were previously employed by Carillion in November 2017 and were hired by the company in February of 2018 after Carillion’s closure.  The hiring of these young people allowed them to continue and successfully complete their first year of their general construction training which is an extremely positive success story.

“Following the closure of Carillion, this would have been a very worrying time for the apprentices as they wouldn’t really know who to then turn to.  With Stewart & Shields taking them on, they have given them great opportunities.” Janette, HR, Stewart & Shields.

The opportunities for these apprentices have been immense as they have had the opportunity to grow their talent and skills in supporting some key projects. This has given them the opportunity to learn, grow and understand the basic concepts of the company’s values and attributes and learn the technical ethos of the construction industry.

Kyle, Stewart & Shields apprentice quantity surveyor, "I feel the exposure I have had to the different jobs and paperwork, within the company, is invaluable. Also, the experience that I am gaining along the way is going to help me in the long run."

Stewart & Shields are the main contractors for the renovation and build of the Passivhaus flats for Shettleston Housing Association.  Amy, Stewart & Shields apprentice, "I am currently working on the Old Carntyne Church and it is amazing seeing what we have done. I have learnt so much from actually being on site and working alongside the workers. Knowing exactly what happens on a site has helped me a lot."

Scott, Stewart & Shields apprentice, Hermitage Park, Helensburgh, “I was part of the Hermitage Park build, which is the first Passivhaus Standard Commercial Build in Scotland. I learnt a lot working so closely with the joiners on this and loved being able to see it from start to finish.”

Michael O’Sullivan, Site Manager for Stewart & Shields, states, “it is so important to help apprentices, showing them the life on a building site and guiding them to have the right attitude on the job and ensuring they have good timekeeping, they always turn up and give their best. It has been a pleasure working with these apprentices and I really appreciate the hard work they have put in and look forward to helping them on to their next venture within Stewart & Shields.”
They have had the opportunity to travel within Scotland, learn the key aspects of construction, observed and learned from the experienced staff, journeymen and their training providers.  

They have now completed their basic GCO training and this year will embark on a new and exciting journey of further education, commencing their first year of apprenticeships in August which range from joinery, architecture, quantity surveying and landscape gardening. What a journey!

 “It is great that we can offer apprenticeships to these talented young people and support and guide them. We place our apprentices in different areas so they can see what they like most then we can grow and develop them from there.” Mark Shields, Stewart & Shields Director.

Looking for more information on our apprenticeships? Email Janette hr@stewartandshields.com