Young adults from the Easterhouse area of Glasgow have been given more employment opportunities thanks to a partnership between Wellhouse Housing Association and Saltire Facilities Management Ltd.
A national provider of central heating and electrical services, Saltire won a tender exercise to become the gas engineers and servicing firm for Wellhouse in April and almost immediately promoted local employment initiatives.
A recruitment programme, supported by Wellhouse Housing Association, was run throughout the summer. Apprentice Adam Robertson from Wellhouse started work with Saltire in August.
Maureen Morris, chair of Wellhouse Housing Association, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have worked with our new contractor in a positive and constructive manner to bring opportunities to young people in Wellhouse and wish Adam the best of luck with his new venture.”
John Reynolds, managing director of Saltire, said: “Saltire are delighted to be working with Wellhouse Housing Association. We see this opportunity more as a partnership and are delighted that we have recruited a Gas Engineering Apprentice from within the local community. We seek to create opportunities and integrate our workforce where practical within the community as we believe in knowing our customer and delivering a first class service is of paramount importance to everyone within Wellhouse.”
John added: “Saltire also offer discounted rates to any private homeowners for heating contracts or home emergency repairs situated within the Wellhouse Housing Association areas.”
Apprentice Adam Robertson said: “I’m really enjoying it and realise that this is a great opportunity that Saltire have given me and I am looking forward to the next 3 years of the apprenticeship and beyond.”
Maureen added: “We are committed to exploring further local opportunities, including apprenticeships within our own estates team – get in touch with us, if you are interested.”