Proline offers lifeline to former Forrest apprentices

Grant Prior 12 months ago Proline
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Building services engineering contractor Proline has taken on four former Forrest apprentices after they were let go by the contractor late last year.

Forrest changed its business model to rely on more subcontractors for building services installation.

And supply chain partner Proline has now stepped-in to continue the quartet’s training.

The apprentices are now working on two Proline projects at X1 The Plaza and Port Street residential developments in Manchester and are continuing their studies with the same Greater Manchester training providers.

Managing director of Proline Michael Fraser said: “As a former apprentice myself, I understand the value of this route into the industry and the importance of training with a credible and people-focused company.

“That’s why we’re in the 5% Club, with apprentices making up more than five per cent of our employees.

“We had planned to bring on another 10 apprentices before the end of the year in line with our current growth and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring these four young men into the business part way through their training and offer them excellent career prospects in their chosen trades.”

Two of the apprentices that have transferred across to Proline are in the fourth year of their apprenticeship with the remaining apprentices currently part way through their second and third year of study.

Mark Nicholson, CEO at Forrest added: “Proline’s decision to employ these four apprentices is the ideal outcome for all involved and an example of how the construction sector can benefit from strong supply chain partnerships.

“With Proline, the apprentices will benefit from excellent mentoring on site alongside their formal college training and will also have the opportunity to work on major schemes with a company that can offer them long-term job security and a clear career path.”

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