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Hands-on electrical experience with The Prince’s Trust

Hillcrest Maintenance, based in Dundee, Scotland, has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to offer a local young person the opportunity to get hands-on experience in electrical installation.

As reported by Scottish Housing News, The Prince’s Trust’s six-week employment initiative, ‘Get Into Electrical’, gives unemployed young people a chance to develop the necessary skills to help them unlock their potential and take the first step towards a career in a trade.

Dundee and Angus College student, Arran Farquharson, 24, took part in the scheme and spent one of the six weeks on a placement with Hillcrest, where he job-shadowed electrician Scott Stewart.

Arran said, “I wanted to take part in the course so I could gain some experience. I’ve really enjoyed my placement and it is definitely something I would like a career in. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to become a full-time apprentice with Hillcrest one day.”

Head of Hillcrest Maintenance, Graeme Keillor, added, “Offering work placements gives people the chance to get a real insight into the working day of a trade. We have a long history of providing employment opportunities to young people and this is not the first time we have supported the ‘Get Into Electrical’ scheme.

“Last year Hillcrest launched a three-stage apprenticeship and training initiative to aid youth employment. School pupils are given work experience with us at stage one, at stage two we recruit a number of pre-apprenticeship roles – with successful applicants starting their four-year apprenticeships with us at stage three.”