CR Smith’s apprenticeship programme is celebrating four years in operation. Tailored specifically to meet the skills required
by the home improvement business in collaboration with Fife College, the scheme is on its second intake of apprentices and represents an investment of more than £100,000 by the firm in its future workforce.
Eleven apprentices are currently enrolled and attend classes in the evening, which are delivered by Fife College. This gives them more quality time on the job, learning from experienced tradespeople and gaining the skills they need to become an integral part of the workforce.
A workshop has been specifically built for the apprentices at CR Smith and has all the facilities required to carry out the training modules, tailored to meet the needs of the company.
The programme was launched in 2015 and is aligned to City & Guilds accreditation. The first class of ten apprentices completed their apprenticeship and are now working as joiners with CR Smith.
Ian Macfarlane, Managing Director at CR Smith, has been the driving force behind the apprenticeship programme. He said: “Investment in our people is essential and creating our own customised apprenticeship programme, as well as addressing a potential skill shortage, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow the business through young people.”