Dieselec Thistle welcomes aboard three new apprentices

We have appointed three new apprentices to join our team at the Glasgow head office, taking our total number of apprentices to seven.

David McDougall, Works Manager at Dieselec Thistle, said: “We’re delighted to welcome aboard Liam, Stephen and Thomas.

“Apprenticeships are the life-blood of our industry, and a strong apprentice programme is vital to the long term success of our recruitment strategy. We look to employ the best people to support our existing customers and to continue growing our staff roster in line with our commercial business objectives. By training and nurturing our people, we help to ensure that we are investing in long term growth.”

Liam Powell (18 from Clydebank), Stephen Shah (21 from Yoker), Thomas Niven (22 from Dumbarton), who are all currently participating in the 18 week pre-apprentice electrical course at the West College Scotland, Clydebank Campus, will start with Dieselec Thistle in January.

Thomas Niven, Liam Powell, and Steven Shah

Thomas Niven, Liam Powell,
and Steven Shah

Initially, they will spend six months with Dieselec Thistle before returning to do the first year of the apprentice college course. In total, the new recruits will complete a four year apprenticeship with Dieselec Thistle before they can go on to become a fully approved electrician.

The pre-apprentice course has been running for over a decade and was started at the request of employers who were looking for a better format for recruiting apprentices. The main aim is to find students employment as an apprentice electrician. West College Scotland’s Joe Mulholland, Curriculum and Quality Leader, Building Services Clydebank, said: “This course, along with the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust, provides good opportunities for eager youngsters to show what they can do and provides employers with apprentices who are reliable and who can demonstrate a willingness to work. The course is only successful because of the loyalty and support of employers, college management and industry, to whom we are very grateful.”

The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust manages the apprentice training scheme on behalf of the Scottish Joint Industry Board for the electrical contracting industry. The training scheme incorporates the Modern Apprenticeship Framework of SummitSkills and the Sector Skills Council covering the electrotechnical industry. The Modern Apprenticeship Framework includes a Scottish vocational qualification at level three.