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Skills for the future

We welcomed Gil Paterson MSP and John Murray of Skills Development Scotland to our HQ yesterday in support of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The visit is one of the key initiatives being run as part of the ‘Skills for the Future’ theme this year that celebrates work-based learning in Scotland, and provides MSPs with the opportunity to meet apprentices and learn about the work they do, as well as taking a tour of the business premises and meeting with staff involved in the training of the apprentices.

David McDougall, Head of Training & Development at DTG, said: “Our apprenticeship scheme enables us to train the next generation with the specialist, practical skills and knowledge that is required in our industry. Throughout our business, collectively we have more than 800 years of experience, and that can’t simply be bought-in, so our commitment to growing our own is critical to the future success of our business.”

DTG currently employs eight apprentices who are all West of Scotland College electrical engineering students. The business also employs two former retained apprentices.

During their time with the business, apprentices receive a structured programme of classroom and practical training across the workshop and out in the field job shadowing key members of the team for new installations and commissioning as well as with the servicing department.

Apprentices are employed throughout Scotland across a wide range of jobs in sectors including military, engineering, construction, financial and business services, health and social care, digital technology, tourism and food and drink. Last year there was more than 27,000 modern apprenticeship starts across a wide range of sectors. Find out more about apprenticeships at

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 runs from 4th to 8th March 2019. You can find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships at

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Left to right - David McDougall, DTG Head of Training & Development; John Murray, Skills Development Scotland; George Taylor, DTG Senior Workshop engineer; Thomas Niven, DTG 4th year projects/commissioning apprentice; Stephen Shah, DTG 4th year projects/commissioning apprentice; Liam Powell, DTG 4th year projects/commissioning apprentice; Gil Paterson, MSP Clydebank & Milngavie; Daniel Kingsley, DTG 1st year apprentice; Lewis Gribben, DTG 1st year apprentice; Joshua Burke, DTG 1st year apprentice; Taylor Walker, DTG 2nd year apprentice; George McCann, SECTT Glasgow representative

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