First young enterprising Fifer starts work

Archived news: published on Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 by Fife Council

Connor is helping Fife lead the way as he starts his new role

Connor is helping Fife lead the way as he starts his new role

Dunfermline apprentice Connor Francis is helping Fife lead the way in Scotland as he joins Havelock Europa PLC.

Connor has joined the procurement team at the Fife-based company as part of the Apprentices in Enterprise project.

The project is a first for Scotland and gives young business stars of the future a chance to help companies in the Kingdom, or help develop a new product or service for them.

Whilst doing that, the apprentice can build their enterprise skills and gain a recognised qualification.

Any employer can take on an enterprise apprentice and a range of different companies have already signed up to take part in the new project.

The project is being delivered in partnership by Fife Council, Career Studio (Scotland) Ltd, Fife secondary schools and businesses.

For over 50 years, Havelock Europa has been in the interiors market both in the UK and internationally. 

They design, manufacture and install interior furniture to a wide variety of industries, from retail to healthcare.

Connor said he’s delighted to join the company: “It's been a great experience for me to join Havelock and get the chance to start my career in such a high profile business. I've already been able to use my skills and learn new ones too. I'd encourage anyone who's interested to take part - it's a brilliant opportunity."

Nicola Cunningham, HR Resourcing Business Partner with Havelock Europa PLC said: “We are delighted to be supporting an innovative new programme which supports young people in Fife.  We support apprentices in a range of roles across the organisation so it is great to be able to offer Connor the opportunity to use his enterprise skills here.”

Connor is being followed by another 18 other apprentices who will be joining companies across Fife to bring fresh, innovative thinking to the Fife economy.

Depute Council Leader Councillor Lesley Laird, spokesperson for Economy and Planning said: “Congratulations to Connor on being successful in gaining his apprenticeship and also for being the first apprentice in this year’s programme.

“Fife Council is working to put Fife at the forefront of enterprise and employability and this project is an example of how we’re leading the way.

“Good luck to all the new recruits, I am looking forward to hear more about the work Connor and the other talented apprentices will bring to the companies and Fife as part of this exciting first for Scotland.”

Other Fife companies taking part in this year’s Apprentices in Enterprise programme include:

  • Arts Hub
  • Career Studio (Scotland) Ltd
  • Character Education Scotland
  • Create in Fife
  • Havelock Europa
  • K2 Marketing
  • Kingdom Credit Union
  • Qinetiq
  • Tree of Knowledge
  • Wild Packs
Sandra Robb, CoE Co-ordinator 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 71 30 Contact Sandra Robb online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY

Lesley Laird, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 64 Contact Lesley Laird online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

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