The latest intake of Sparrows Group apprentices have today (Friday 9 March) showcased their work on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind project as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin attended the trainees’ graduation ceremony and toured the Sparrows workshop where the group presented their work on the project. Sparrows are currently in the process of delivering 102 cranes for installation at ScottishPower Renewables’ 714 megawatt East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
The group of 14 apprentices, including four personnel who have become the first to complete the company’s business and admin modern apprenticeship, were awarded certificates in disciplines including engineering, design and draughting.
MSP Gillian Martin, a member of the parliamentary Education and Skills Committee, presented certificates to the graduates alongside Matt Corbin, regional operations director – Europe.
Becky Laing, Reah Cairns and Kirsty Buchan graduated a year ahead of schedule as a result of the broad practical experience they have gained at Sparrows.
Becky Laing, who achieved a level three modern apprenticeship in Business and Administration, commented: “Sparrows modern apprenticeship programme is a perfect opportunity for anyone looking to further their skills in an existing position as you can choose the modules most relevant to your role.
“It was great to have my hard work recognised today and I look forward to continuing my studies at Robert Gordon University this year while progressing my career within Sparrows Group.”
Sparrows has first-hand experience of just how valuable apprenticeships are, with 10 of the company’s current senior managers starting as apprentices within the company.
Matt Corbin, regional operations director – Europe said: “It’s positive to see so many people from the business complete qualifications, training and further education. The variety of courses and disciplines represented today reflects that there are multiple routes to development in any role and this is something we actively encourage.
“Providing young people opportunities at the beginning of their careers where they can train towards a recognised qualification and also learn the job first-hand by working side by side experienced personnel, provides them with the core skills they require. This has been integral to our success as a company.
“The work we are currently undertaking for the East Anglia ONE project has not only provided our apprentices with important experience, it has been key in ensuring we can continue to invest in our apprenticeship programme.”