Four year apprenticeship for painting and decorating students

Two students at City of Glasgow College have each gained a four year apprenticeship with Glasgow based painting and decorating company, Scott Brothers.

Rebecka Taylor and Jaemie Smith were part of a group of six students who initially volunteered to do work experience with the firm. As a result, owner and director, Andy McNicol, offered them each an apprenticeship.

Both students have completed an NPA in painting and decorating and are now working towards their City & Guilds. For 35 year old Jaemie this opportunity means a great deal.

He said: “It will help support my wife and three wee boys. I have been painting since I was 17 but made the decision to come to college so I would have qualifications as a painter and decorator.

“The college is amazing. I was sceptical at first, because of my age, but it has been great. I would advise anyone to come here. I’ve been here just six months and I’ve got this apprenticeship. I wouldn’t have achieved that outside of college.”

Twenty two year old Rebecka wanted a hands-on job. She exlained:

“This offers something different. You get to show your creative side and you have the choice to work for yourself, or for a company. And it’s a good income. In the long term I think I’d like to work for myself, or travel abroad. For now though, it’s exciting to have secured this apprenticeship and to know the college saw potential in me to do well and put my name forward for it.”

Andy McNicol from Scott Brothers commented:

“We are very excited to have Jaemie and Rebecka as part of our company. I knew from day one that Jaemie was experienced in painting and decorating, his manner with both clients and work colleagues is exceptional. When Rebecka came in for her work experience, I took her to a job that required taping and filling. The work she carried out was so good the client sent a message of thanks, saying Rebecka was very pleasant and a credit to have working in her house.

“All the students who completed work experience with us did so to a very high standard, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with City of Glasgow College.”

Harry Mulvenna, Curriculum Head for Construction Crafts at City of Glasgow College, said:

“These apprenticeships offer life changing opportunities. Rebecka and Jaemie have worked on site with tradesmen and women who reported that both students showed great potential and have all the attributes required for full time apprentice positions. This is a great example for other students who will see the chance of future employment, not only with Scott Brothers but other industry partners also.”

Scott Brothers were awarded a published tender for painting services at the college’s Riverside campus and accommodation block,” explained Charles Kennedy, Supply Chain Manager at City of Glasgow College. “So the apprenticeship resulted from that. It’s an excellent example of partnership engagement between the college and industry by procurement for community benefit."