Springfield Properties Investing in Skills

7 June 2013
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We currently have 11 apprentices on our books covering a wide range of disciplines and all are vital to the future of the company.

Our philosophy is to promote from within so whether apprentices decide to continue to practice their core skills throughout their career or move up the ladder into managerial positions, the building blocks are there for us develop.

Five joiner apprentices are currently on the books along with one bricklaying apprentices and one taper. Another three joinery apprentices joined the Springfield scheme this month.

That’s a total we plan to grow as our workload increases – a positive vote for both the future of Springfield and our Moray home.

Construction director Brian Hadden is responsible for appointing apprentices and started his own career as an apprentice bricklayer – a perfect example of how important apprentices are to the business and how they can advance.

“Apprentices are our future,” he says. “They are the core of the business and it’s important that we invest in them. We see them as a valuable staff asset and put them through college so they can gain their City & Guilds qualifications.”

Brian added: “Soon we’ll have another four apprentices joining us – two bricklayers, one painter and taper.

“The lads are very reliable and learn a lot from working with our more experienced tradesmen,” he says. “Having apprentices is a perfect way of passing down skills.”

But while apprentices are important Springfield are also keen to invest in other forms of professional education for younger staff.

On the trainee front they have 12 trainees studying a variety of industry-related subjects that include degrees to HNC and SVQ level while another member of staff is currently completing her final ACCA examinations.

During the summer months work experience students come to Springfield to learn ‘on the job’ as they study at college and university. Currently the firm has accounting, planning and administration students on the books for summer.