Council determined to keep producing craftsmen of the future

Council are providing craft apprenticeships through its Building Services.

MORAY COUNCIL IS at the leading edge of public agencies who are currently involved in the development of employability.

Moray’s local authority has been highlighting the vital role of the Moray Employability Action Group, a coming together of both private and third sector organisations developing the skills, knowledge and aspirations of young people.

The action group has produced the Moray Strategic Skills Pipeline with the objective of developing closer links between schools, college and employers in the region, liaising closely with employers of all sizes to understand their needs from potential employees.

Building Services, formerly known as DLO, is a trading operation within Moray Council that provides building maintenance and improvement services to housing stock- including reactive and planned maintenance as well as disability adaptations and gas servicing.

With a combined workforce of 140, Building Services is one of the largest building maintenance providers in Moray, with over 100 craft and manual workers including carpet fitters, electricians, joiners, gas engineers, masons, painters, plumbers, tilers and slaters.

The unit is also a Moray Strategic Skills Pipeline partner, providing craft apprenticeships for school leavers and adult trainees, as well as work experience placements for all local secondary schools and short and long-term placements for local training providers.

Currently employing 10 apprentices, Building Services has an excellent track record in recruiting and retaining apprentices, with over 25% of the current workforce completing their apprenticeship with the council.

Building Services manager Mike Rollo said: “Apprenticeships continue to play an important role in helping us to produce the craftsmen of the future.

“Investing now in the skills we will need in the future is a key part of our business planning process that also accords with the council’s corporate priority of achieving ambitious and confident children and young people in our community.

“Moray has a strong tradition in producing highly skilled tradesmen, with local training providers such as Moray College providing high calibre training that has seen a number of local apprentices achieve recognition at national level for their standard and quality of work.”

For more information on Moray Skills and Training Pipeline contact the 16+/Opportunities for All Officer on 01343 563108 or email

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