Local students offered placements following Meaningful May

31 May 2018
Frazer Mackintosh and James Collie

 Young people in Moray have been offered apprenticeships with house builder Springfield Properties signalling success for Moray Council’s Meaningful May initiative. 

The programme, Meaningful May, aims to develop young people’s employability. During study leave secondary school students are given the chance to engage with a number of companies across various industries. They hear about career paths from staff and go on to two-week work placements.

Springfield were one of the local companies involved. They hosted a work place visit at the developer’s Golf View site in Elgin, supported mock interview workshops and offered two-week placements to a number of students. 


Following the placements, Fraser Mackintosh, 16, from Forres Academy was offered a summer labouring job and James Collie, 16, from Speyside High School, has been taken on as an apprentice joiner. 


Senior HR Advisor at Springfield Properties, Diane Kemp, said:


“Initiatives like Meaningful May are great opportunities for pupils.  It opens their eyes to the different types of jobs there are, and the various paths that can be taken to reach them. 


“We gave the students a tour of an active construction site talking them through the trades and skillsets required to build our homes, like joiners, scaffolders, and site managers. Staff from accounts, after sales, HR, design and construction then talked about their jobs and how they came to be where they are today.


“Fraser and James really stood out in their couple of weeks with Springfield. They both worked hard and impressed the site managers with their work ethic and enthusiasm for learning. We’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team.”


Moray Council Education Support Officer, Maxine Scott, has said:


“I am delighted that Springfield continued to be such a strong support of the young people in Moray. The support they offer through Meaningful May is key to the success of the programme. 


“The employability programme’s value is endorsed when young people like Fraser and James are able to secure work from the initiative. I wish Fraser and James every success in their future.”


Kevin Pirie, Acting Depute Head Teacher at Speyside High School, thinks this is a great opportunity:


“James thoroughly enjoyed the whole Meaningful May programme where he engaged in two weeks of activities designed to develop his employability skills through working closely with Speyside High teaching staff and other partner agencies.  Of course, he was also able to further develop his skills during a 2 week work placement with Springfield Properties. James and his parents are absolutely delighted that he has been able to secure this much sought after apprenticeship opportunity.  I have no doubt that he will go on to enjoy a very successful career with Springfield. Everyone at Speyside High School wishes James the very best for the future.”  


Springfield currently employs 23% of their staff as apprentices or in further education. The company supports 57 craft apprentices, 18 technical apprentices, 36 employees in modern apprenticeships, 14 undertaking higher education and hired 16 for summer/work placements.