CR Smith welcomes new apprentices as tie-up enters fourth year

CR Smith managing director Ian Macfarlane (far left) with the firm's apprentices and Frazer Walker, lecturer at Fife College (far right). Picture: Rebecca Lee
CR Smith managing director Ian Macfarlane (far left) with the firm's apprentices and Frazer Walker, lecturer at Fife College (far right). Picture: Rebecca Lee
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Windows and conservatories firm CR Smith is celebrating the fourth year of its apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with Fife College with its second intake of trainees.

The scheme represents a £100,000 investment by the business, which has bases in Dunfermline and Inverness.

Launched in 2015, the programme is aligned to a City & Guilds accreditation. The first class of ten apprentices have now completed their course and are working as joiners with CR Smith.

MD Ian Macfarlane said: “Creating our own customised apprenticeship programme, as well as addressing a potential skill shortage, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow the business through young people. The course also puts a lot of emphasis on equipping the apprentices with a wider range of skills that we hope will give them a great start to their career.”

Jan Thomson, director of business development at Fife College, said: “It has been extremely rewarding working with CR Smith to create its bespoke apprenticeship programme and as a college we welcome the opportunity to work with local businesses in this way.