MSP sees the future of home improvements

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, visited the CR Smith Dunfermline headquarters in March, to learn more about its apprenticeship programme and plans for the future.

She visited head office and toured the workshop, meeting CR Smith apprentices in the purpose built training facility.

Following the tour, Ms Somerville discussed the benefits of apprenticeships with two former joinery apprentices and a current accountancy apprentice. She also heard first hand why the programmes are influential to an organisation’s sustainable future from CR Smith MD, Ian Macfarlane.

“It’s great to showcase the success of our apprenticeship programme and young talent to Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP,” he said. “Investment in our people is essential and 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.”

Having recently celebrated four years in operation, the bespoke joinery CR Smith apprenticeship programme is tailored to meet the skills required by the home improvements firm and works in collaboration with Fife College.

The programme was launched in 2015 and is aligned to City & Guilds accreditation.

The scheme is on its second intake of apprentices and represents an investment of more than £100,000 by the firm in its future workforce. The first intake of 11 apprentices completed their apprenticeship and are now working as joiners with CR Smith.

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, said: “I was delighted to meet with local apprentices, and learn about their experience of working at CR Smith. Modern apprenticeships are an excellent way for people to earn and learn on the job, as well as an important opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce.”