Apprenticeships have been one of the many victims of the UK's economic crisis and, as the recession continues, the outlook for apprenticeships remains bleak. However, Fife-based machinery dealers, SGM Contracts, have shown that it's not all doom and gloom with the recent appointment of an apprentice engineer at their workshop in Inverkeithing.
Marc Curran, 16, who has recently left Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline, has joined SGM's large service team which undertakes servicing a repairs for all types of groundcare, arboriculture and garden machinery.
Marc will attend Oatridge College on a block release course over the next three years where he will study SVQ Level 3 in Land based Service Operations. Marc will spend the next 4 years learning his trade on a variety of Land based machinery and equipment; this follows on from him spending time in SGM's workshop during college holidays and at weekends.
Marc said: "I am so pleased to have secured an apprenticeship as I know how hard it can be to get a job nowadays. I know I have a lot to learn but am looking forward to the challenge".
Steven McInroy, Managing Director of SGM Contracts, added: "We're delighted as a company at being able to provide Marc with his apprenticeship as this has proved very successful for us in the past with a number of our trained engineers having been through our apprenticeship scheme."
Despite the continuing economic decline, SGM remains positive about the future of business and places training, including apprenticeships, high on its agenda for continued growth throughout the recession.