Aedan’s future is bright thanks to employability course


Aedan Coll has a bright future ahead as a painter and decorator after completing an employability course at New College Lanarkshire.

The former pupil of St Ninian’s High School has secured a full-time job as an apprentice with Wilson Decorators Ltd in Kirkintilloch.

The 17-year-old from Lennoxtown was offered the job after impressing his new employer during a five-week work placement.

The work placement was part of an Employability Fund Stage 3 course that he completed at our Kirkintilloch Campus.

Aedan, who was unsure of what to do on leaving school, found out about the 13-week course through a careers advisor from Skills Development Scotland.

Aedan said: “The course helped me build my confidence and helped me improve how I communicate and work with others.

“The staff at the College helped me choose painting and decorating as a career that I’d definitely be interested in, and I’m really looking forward to completing my apprenticeship.”

The firm’s owner, Robert Wilson, said he was impressed by the quality of Aedan’s work, his attitude and diligence.

He has trained a number of apprentices through his company during his 40 years in business.

Mr Wilson, who is president of the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland, said: “Aedan wanted to be a professional painter and decorator, and with him being a local lad it just seemed like a perfect fit.

“He has a good attitude, is very keen to learn and very mannerful as well.

“I’ve got nine employees and he works with all of them very well.

“I think it’s my duty to train the next generation of tradesmen. There’s a high proportion of tradesmen due to retire within the next five to seven years, so any tradesman is going to be in demand in the future.”

Laurence Hansen, Employability Officer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “It was a pleasure to have Aedan as a student at New College Lanarkshire and I am delighted to see him progress into a positive destination.

“We would like to thank Robert Wilson of Wilson Decorators Ltd for his support and wish Aedan all the best for the future.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Employability Fund courses should contact John-Joe Thacker or Laurence Hansen on 01236 784549 or read more here:


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