Two young trade apprentices are embarking on a career that will change their lives forever.
Morgan Ramsay and Daniel Harrison have started work with Weslo Housing Managements’ technical services division as an apprentice electrician and plumbing and gas engineer respectively.
As they take their first steps onto the trade career ladder they have been told they are making history by being among the first to receive a wage well above the national average for trade apprentices.
Mike Bruce, chief executive of Welso, said “We are committed to making a difference to the communities it operates in. Being a great employer is hugely important to us as we are a people focused organisation.
“As a living wage employer, having gained accreditation in 2015, extending the national living wage to our trade apprentices may be setting precedence within the construction industry generally.
“However, for us it was the right thing to do as it sits comfortably with our core values and I look forward to seeing Morgan and Daniel fulfilling their apprenticeship”.
Daniel said “Gaining this apprenticeship with Weslo means such a lot and has given me the chance to accomplish a dream I’ve always had of becoming a gas engineer”. I can’t thank Weslo enough for giving me this opportunity.”
Morgan said “As soon as I saw the apprenticeship advertised, I jumped at the opportunity, not just to do something I love but also to work for an amazing company”.
Robert Boal, assistant technical manager at Welso, said “Our two new apprentices went through an arduous recruitment process to gain these much sought after apprenticeships.
“We had 58 initial applicants, with 13 for both trades invited to attend an initial practical test and a written exam. The top six were then invited to attend a formal interview and written exam.
“I was very impressed with the way Daniel and Morgan approached these assessments that now seems them starting their future careers with Weslo”.
Weslo was formed in 1993 by ex-Scottish Home staff specifically to take over 1822 Scottish Homes houses in West Lothian under the Government’s large scale stock transfer procedures.
In December 1997, in another successful transfer, Weslo acquired a further 489 house in Bo’ness from Scottish Homes. Today it manages over 2400 homes in the West Lothian area.