Lafarge restarts apprenticeship programme

Apprentices Matthew Foreman (left) and Fraser Flockhart (right) in their college workshop.
Apprentices Matthew Foreman (left) and Fraser Flockhart (right) in their college workshop.

TWO new apprentices have started work at Lafarge’s Dunbar Works following a restart of the site’s highly successful apprenticeship programme.

Local lads Fraser Flockhart and Matthew Foreman (both 18), have been appointed to work at the site as mechanical and electrical apprentices respectively.

Works manager Nigel Blair says he’s delighted the plant has been able to get the scheme up and running again after being on hold for two years due to the downturn in the construction industry.

“Former and current apprentices form a central part of our workforce here,” he explained.

“While the outlook hasn’t improved much in the sector, we’ve committed to taking on Fraser and Matthew as we need to keep developing our future workforce and existing apprentices are nearing the end of their training.”

Almost all apprentices taken on at the site go on to hold down permanent jobs, and the current workforce comprises a significant number who have graduated through the apprenticeship scheme.

Initially, the apprentices will be at Jewel and Esk College, spending half terms and holidays at the Works.

Fraser, from North Berwick, is a regular competitor (and winner) in off-road motorcycling championships in his spare time. Matthew, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, is an outdoor sports fan, playing cricket for his local team and an adept sailor. Both are also keen rugby players and Nigel says he’s hoping they will apply their team skills and motivation to their work on site!