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Walker Group has been joining the nation in celebrating National Apprenticeship Week.

With the appropriate theme of ‘Look Beyond’, activities have focused on changing the stereotypes surrounding apprentices and highlighting the diversity and wide range of career opportunities on offer.

Paul McKay, Walker Group’s Operations Director said, “The skill shortage in the construction industry remains a very real threat and we need to be doing as much as we can to showcase to young people the variety of different jobs on offer and career paths.  It’s not all about working on a building site.  There are openings in surveying, IT, estimating, sales, and many more”.

The latest report on the construction skills shortage suggests that only 3% of young people aged between 18 and 24, have searched for a job in the construction industry.

Paul adds, “Industry perception isn’t helping and construction is still lagging behind in embracing digital opportunities compared to other sectors.   However, many companies, including Walker Group, are actively engaging with young people to try and address that and real change is beginning to happen.”

Dominic McMurchie, from Dunfermline, is just one of a number of apprentices working at Walker Group.  Based at the Monarch’s Way development Dominic is an apprentice joiner and works on site as well as attending college.

He said, “From a young age I have always been interested in the joinery trade.  I studied construction for two years before successfully starting an apprenticeship with Walker Group. 

“Every day I am faced with new challenges which allow me to gain more knowledge and confidence within my work.  Working with Walker Group is very rewarding and they provide me with support on a daily basis.”