Work placement stepping stone to employment for super college student

A City of Glasgow College student has secured employment with McTaggart Construction after becoming their 100th work placement this year.

The home builder offers work placements to employability programme participants from areas where they are building new affordable housing. Wall & Floor Tiling student, Dylan Hutchison, so impressed his new employers during his placement that he has been taken on by one of McTaggart’s sub-contractors.

Ross Hammell, McTaggart Construction’s Sustainable Communities Programme Manager, said:

“Work placements usually last two weeks and offer the student the chance to showcase what they’ve learned while giving them a taste of working in construction. The benefit for us, and our supply chain, is the opportunity to assess the student’s skills but, more importantly, their attitude and desire to work.”

The 17-year-old from Castlemilk joined City of Glasgow College from school on a City & Guilds Construction Skills course. He then went on to NPA Painting & Decorating and is now about to complete his NPA in Wall & Floor Tiling.

Andy Pollock, Associate Dean, Construction & Built Environment, City of Glasgow College, said:

“During his time at college Dylan has grown in confidence and developed the necessary skills to make him work ready. Our aim is to equip all our students with the skills they will require from day one when they leave college and start a job. The working relationship and apprentice partnerships our college has forged with industry benefits our students enormously as they gain invaluable, hands-on, real life work experience within their chosen sector.

“Being McTaggart’s 100th word placement was a fantastic opportunity for Dylan and we are delighted that, as a result, he has now secured a job with the company. We wish him well."

The McTaggart Group is a family of businesses delivering high quality homes across central Scotland. With offices in Dalry and Glasgow the group employs 365 people across six businesses.