Brushing up for an apprenticeship

R Davidson apprentices Keith Pirie and Liam Middleton
R Davidson apprentices Keith Pirie and Liam Middleton

A Banchory painting and decorating firm is adding five new apprentices to its workforce this summer.

R Davidson has enrolled the youngsters, aged between 16 and 18 years, from Aberdeen city and shire, boosting its apprentice team to 18.

For the past four years, the company has taken on a total of 20 apprentices in a bid to support the younger generation, as well as the firm’s continual growth in both private and commercial markets.

The company has partnered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver the apprenticeships, with the young employees attending North East Scotland College as part of the scheme.

Davidson’s managing director and owner Trevor Mutch said: “We have worked to enhance our apprentice programme year on year.

“This month, our five new-starts will enter the first year of a four-year programme and will be given the opportunity to work their way up to a fully qualified painter and decorator.

“There has been a shortage of highly-skilled workers in the North-east for some time now and so we decided to take it upon ourselves to implement an apprentice programme that enabled us to train and develop the young generation into the expert workforce we uphold today.”

Beverley Cumming, a fourth year apprentice, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the past three years of my apprenticeship and have found the programme very valuable.

“It is not long now until I become a fully qualified painter and decorator and I can only thank R Davidson and my mentors for helping me build my confidence and develop my trade skills over the years.”

With a current headcount of 100, the decorating firm, which specialises in delivering bespoke painting, decorating and ames taping services for the private domestic and commercial markets, relocated to larger offices at the start of last year to support its ever-increasing staff numbers.

It now occupies the ground floor of Burnett House in Banchory.