Angus MP Mike Weir visited Angus Training Group to learn more about the workings of the organisation and to meet the apprentices working at the organisation.
Angus Training Group works with employers throughout Angus, including in the last year 12 from Brechin alone, and further afield to train apprentices in engineering disciplines. Mr Weir was shown around the facility by Alan Swankie who explained how the organisation worked and the different types of work that was done from traditional machining to computer aided design to give the apprentices a secure grounding to their careers.
Commenting on his visit Mr Weir said: “I was very impressed by the facilities at Angus Training Group and the obvious dedication of the directors and staff to provide very high quality training for apprentices.
“It speaks highly of the group and the high quality of the training that they provide that they attract apprentices not only from Angus but also from areas such as Aberdeen.
“Developing and maintaining high quality manufacturing industries is essential for the future of the Scottish economy and the group play and important part in this work. We do already have a significant stake in the oil and gas industry and the prospects of increasing investment and work in offshore renewable all of which will give important opportunities for engineers.
“I was particularly interested to hear of the work the group are doing in taking the message of the opportunities in engineering apprenticeships out to schools and the community. It is vital that young people are aware of the opportunities that are available to them and that university is not necessarily the only goal for which to strive.
“During my visit I met apprentices working for such diverse firms as GE Oil and Gas and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as smaller local firms showing how wide the opportunities are in engineering today.
“In Angus generally and Brechin in particular we already have many people who are employed in the Oil and gas industry who travel and work around the world and I am sure many of these apprentices at the ATG will take up such jobs in the future developing not only our local expertise but exporting it around the globe.”