Former NCL student shares secrets of her apprenticeship success with Bell Group


Construction trainees from New College Lanarkshire have gained an insight into career opportunities with a visit from Bell Group.

The leading painting, decorating and maintenance contractor visited our Motherwell Campus recently to give a talk to more than 40 students of the Construction Pre-Apprentice course.

The presentation included an overview of the company’s apprentice programme and the requirements in the application process.

Bell Group is the UK’s largest commercial painting and decorating contractor and one of the biggest employers of apprentices within the construction industry.

The talk was delivered by Kirsty Docherty, Community Engagement Co-Ordinator, who was accompanied by a former NCL student, Kerrie-Ann Tidser.

Kerrie-Ann, 19, from Coatbridge, is now employed as an apprentice Painter and Decorator with Bell Group subsidiary P&D Scotland.

She secured her Modern Apprenticeship after completing a nine-week pilot ‘Females into Construction’ course at New College Lanarkshire in 2018, before progressing on to the one-year Construction Pre-Apprentice course, which she completed in June.

Kirsty Docherty said: “I thoroughly enjoy coming to the College to present to the students.

“This is our second year working collaboratively with the College and it’s great to see so many people considering opportunities with us.

“We will be looking for other trades including joiners, plasterers and plumbing apprentices in the coming months.

“With Kerrie-Ann attending, it was great for the students to speak with someone who has been through the process and loves the college-work balance.”

Construction lecturer John Quinn said: “I am delighted Kirsty took up the invite to come and discuss with our new crop of trainee construction students the role of an employer and their expectations of a good apprentice candidate.

“I am also happy that Kerrie-Ann told her story of how she progressed from our student programmes into becoming an apprentice.”

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