A HOUSEBUILDING firm has recruited an apprentice from Clydebank into its expanding homes division in central Scotland.

Darren Riddell is one of nine new apprentices taken on by the Stewart Milne Group.

The move takes the number of modern apprentices at the award-winning house-builder and timber systems manufacturer to 45. The company has increased its in-take of apprentices as it embarks on eight new developments in the next six months.

The apprentices will work on the new developments with a range of Stewart Milne Group’s sub-contractors, training in electrics, plumbing, joinery and bricklaying, while one is joining the design team as a trainee architect. Darren is set to train as an electrician.

The new apprentices will undergo a four-year programme to gain the skills and experience required in the construction sector which includes training on the job as well as at college.

Each apprentice is assigned a journeyman – an experienced tradesperson who acts as their mentor and supports them in developing their skills.

Bryan Galloway, construction director for Stewart Milne Homes, said: “Demand for sub-contractors is soaring and the industry needs to work more collaboratively to attract young people.”