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11 November 2021

Tulloch’s recruits six new apprentices to the team

Tulloch Homes has recruited six new apprentices – the first post-pandemic intake – as Inverness College praised the firm for the commitment to training our own workforce.

The new apprentices are 16 year old Dylan Lowry, and Riley Barclay, 22, both from Inverness and starting painting and decorating apprenticeships; Ronnie Fraser, 17, from Nairn and Ewan Bremner, 18, Conon Bridge, plumbing and heating; and Scott Cameron, 16, Muir of Ord, and Arran Legge, 17, Inverness, joinery.

Joinery manager Hugh MacGillivray said: “We’ve now taken on 57 apprentices in the past 11 years. The retention factor has been encouragingly high and a pipeline of excellent tradespeople is being delivered, which is win-win for all concerned.”

Dylan said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to learn and become time-served tradesmen, and we really appreciate it.”

Pauline Tuthill, Inverness College UHI business solutions adviser for the construction sector, said: ”It’s superb to see Tulloch taking on and training these youngsters after such a challenging time for the industry.

“Tulloch put great store in their apprenticeship programme have earned a deserved reputation for looking after them. We look forward to assisting the career development of this latest contingent.”

Gordon Macallister, plumbing and heating manager, said: ”It’s a milestone to bring in our first batch of new recruits since lockdown ended. Their training on site and at the college produces quality craftsmen.”

David Macdonald, painting and decorating manager, added: "The programme is a real success story and offers a genuine chance to these young people. Rearing our own tradesmen is the future of Tulloch Homes and puts something back to our communities.”

David Patience, carpentry and joinery assessor at Inverness College UHI, said ”Tulloch has set a welcome trend in commitment to offering apprenticeships. They have forged an extremely successful partnership with us and are a fine example of a local firm generating ongoing local skills and jobs.”

Photo caption: left to right - Back row - Joinery manager Hugh Macgillivray, plumbing and heating manager Gordon Macallister and painting and decorating manager Dave Macdonald. Front - Pauline Tuthill (Inverness College UHI), apprentices Scott Cameron, Arran Legge, Ronnie Fraser, Ewan Bremner, Riley Barclay and Dylan Lowry, David Patience (Inverness College UHI)

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