HHP and FES FM Ltd have now brought the number of apprenticeships being provided through their partnership to six. 

The apprentices receive training locally and through placements at a tailored FES course at Forth Valley College.   

Councillor Norman Macleod,  HHPs  Development spokesperson, said: "We are delighted to be able to provide opportunities like this for young people in our islands and to help them develop the skills and  abilities which will give them a great start in their working lives.   We are grateful to FES for their commitment to working with us in such a positive way."

Angus Lamont Chief Executive of HHP added: "We want to maximise our contribution to our Islands and are working with a whole range of partners to deliver this.  This initiative with FES is a great example of the impact we are making.   It is vital that we create employment for young people and enable them to remain within the islands."

Craig Doig Business Unit Leader for FES FM said: “We are thrilled to be expanding our community benefits commitments through our partnership with HHP. Our bespoke Modern Apprenticeship provides our young recruits the opportunity to develop their skills both on site and within an educational environment, gaining industry recognised qualifications. FES FM and HHP are fully committed to investing in the future of employees and providing the best possible start to the careers of our apprentices.”

The partnership contract between HHP and FES to carry out all repair and maintenance work to HHPs homes is now in its’ fourth year and is planned to continue until 2018.  FES have bases in Stornoway and Balivanich and have an overall workforce of 104 in the islands. 

The picture shows from left to right – Innes MacKenzie (FM Apprentice), David Maclver (Electrical Apprentice), Craig Patterson (FM apprentice), Lyle Matheson (FM apprentice), Cllr Norman M Macleod, HHP’s Development spokesperson, Luke Allen (FM apprentice), Callum Masson (Plumbing Apprentice), Angus Lamont, HHP’s Chief Executive, Gordon Maclver (FES Supervisor) and Terry Ovenstone (FES Operations Manager).