Neil Bibby (MSP) Visit
14 March 2018
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an annual campaign that demonstrates how apprentices work for the business, economy and individuals.
This year’s campaign theme was ‘Apprenticeships are the Business’, recognising the value of work-based learning and what it brings to employers across the country.
At IQA we can confirm that is the case. For a number of years, we have been attracting Apprentices into the utilities industry, nurturing and developing young talent, that ultimately have become the future of our business.
At IQA we pride ourselves on giving as much hands-on experience as we can to our apprentices and adult trainees throughout their route to becoming approved electricians. This is accompanied by frequent in-house training and the appointment of suitable mentors who pass on their invaluable onsite experience alongside current trainee and apprentice college timetables. The company always strives to create a positive learning experience by accompanying and supporting all our operatives on their learning journey, with passion and commitment IQA continuously produces outstanding results.
On Friday, 9 March 2018, we took the time to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week by inviting MSP, Neil Bibby to our office in Paisley to meet with current apprentices, Lewis McLean, Darren Leitch and Gary Murray. Neil had the opportunity to discuss with each individual the learning they have been exposed to and the practical skills they have accumulated during their time with IQA.
Neil Bibby stated “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an ideal opportunity to not only showcase the variety of apprenticeships we have on offer in this country, but to showcase the enthusiasm and talent of those people of all ages taking up apprenticeships in order to work, learn and earn. I was pleased to meet some of the apprentices at IQA Group in Paisley recently, and to listen to their ideas for how we can work towards creating a balance between developing both technical skills and life skills that provide real value to apprentices, allowing them to go onto successful careers.”
In attendance was Lindsay Barnes from Skills Devleopment Scotland and Anne Galbraith (Chief Executive) from SECTT (Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust).
Antonio Henarejos (IQA Director) added "These actions involving our work force, and especially our apprentices, demonstrate IQA’s values as a service company. We strongly believe in our people as the base for our services, and with these processes we undertake our activities with the best values and results."