Investing in and Developing the Worksmart Team

Worksmart continues its development and investment in the Construction Industry with a wide spread approach to Tradespersons and Staff.

Three years ago Worksmart identified skills shortages in the Construction industry following the recession and set out plans to grow the Worksmart Team in a variety of methods.

Starting off with a School lever joining us in Office Administration and supporting with further education through College Programmes and then moving on to Apprentices from a variety of backgrounds and ages coming into help with our growing workload and learning from some of the finest quality Tradespersons in Scotland and the UK.

We have two Apprentices now through the Joinery Programme and who are now in the Advanced Craft Programme, and we have added Year on Year and have Apprentices in all years of College and in three Colleges from Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh and have six Apprentices currently.

We recently had a significant Glazed Partitioning and Glazed Fire Screen Project within the actual Ayrshire College where our Ayrshire Apprentices attend and worked between the actual project and their College attendance over a matter of Months. This was of particular interest to the College, our Local Press and indeed Willie Coffey our MSP. Pictured with some of the Apprentices at our Kilmarnock Office. Also acknowledged by Alan Brown MP, Jim Todd Provost and Fiona Lees Chief Executive at East Ayrshire Council.

In addition our Teams have found enjoyment and career development in our Interior Refurbishment and Fit-Out Projects within Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Working within several Colleges and Universities such as North Kelvin College, Napier University, Glasgow Clyde College, Ayrshire College, Blackpool & Flyde College, and more. Working on some of the highest specifications from some of the leading Architects and Designers in the UK for some of largest sized Clients in both Public Sector and Private sector.

We have engaged and employed Graduates in various aspects of the Business and they have all done very well with the Programme and reached excellent heights in their respective fields.

Our most recent addition joins us next week from School and takes up the challenge of a Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing to support our #makeitworksmart marketing plan and has a full structure in place to help grow and develop the young person in his career with some excellent support, internally and externally to Worksmart.

The foregoing has all been a valued contribution in Worksmart`s development throughout Scotland and the UK and which will continue to grow and develop throughout our Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Manchester Offices and be an important of our Companies continued success in our Turnkey Solutions in Interior Contracting, Fit-Out, Refurbishment and Construction in Multitrade Projects and specialist Glass and Glazing Demountable Partitioning Projects.

Worksmart have had great advice and assistance from East Ayrshire Council and their Economic Development Team, Scottish Enterprise and their Account Managers in Company Growth, The Apprenticeship Officers within CITB Teams working with our HR Team for Ayrshire College, Cardonald College in Glasgow and Sighthill College in Edinburgh.

Also to Skills Development Scotland and Microcom training working with us in our Modern Apprentices.

The FIS which we are proud and active members has also been a great help and encouraged the Interior Market to develop Apprenticeship programmes. We were delighted to have one of our Apprentice win the Scottish Silver medal a few months ago.

Our extended thanks to all above for their continued support and guidance.

Worksmart’s Contribution is not only in our own Staff and Trades in Joinery and Glazed Partitioning, Worksmart encourage all of our Supply Chain to join us in investing in Youth, Apprenticeships, School leavers and Graduate Programmes.

Worksmart continues to support local Schools in helping the local Chambers of Commerce and Local Authorities in helping Schools learn about Business and Construction and will continue to do so and hopefully develop shortly into helping Colleges in their specific Apprenticeship Programmes to help our Interior Contracting Market throughout the UK.

We hope that others in our Industry start looking to contribute more or start contributing at all and help Scotland and the UK regain its Construction Industry again, and soon.

#makeitworksmart.