Hydrus team up with D&A College

.'Operations manager Norman Beattie and production director Mike Donald pictured with Hydrus apprentices Daniel High, Michael Willmott, Oliver McClelland, Andrew Smith and Kyle Watt

.'Operations manager Norman Beattie and production director Mike Donald pictured with Hydrus apprentices Daniel High, Michael Willmott, Oliver McClelland, Andrew Smith and Kyle Watt

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A Brechin business has created a new link with Dundee and Angus college, with the firm offering apprenticeship training.

Energy engineering company Hydrus, based in East Mill Road, has teamed up with the college to take part in the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.

This government led initiative supports workers and their potential employers by funding periods of college based training within the working week.

This means that not only do the apprentices earn a wage while training, the employers can also benefit from a skilled and productive workforce taught both in college and on the job.

Martin Anderson, who is the managing director at Hydrus, explained: “We felt it was time to give back to the local community who had welcomed us so warmly by taking on local people and training them.

“What has surprised us, however, is the high standard and flexibility of the training on offer.

“The college is quite literally tailoring the teaching to our specific requirements.

“We’re delighted with the five candidates, who include three former Dundee and Angus College students and two Brechin High school pupils.”

Four of the students, Andrew Smith, Michael Willmott, Oliver McClelland and Kyle Watt, are engineering apprentices while the fifth student, Daniel High, is starting an office apprenticeship.

Jim Stewart, curriculum manager of the D&A’s engineering department, commented: “We’re delighted to work with an excellent company such as Hydrus, who are committed to using a local workforce.

“The Modern Apprenticeship scheme is expanding all the time and Hydrus are one of a growing band of companies we are forging mutually rewarding relationships with.”