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ASCO’s UK Business Invests in Apprentices

At ASCO we recognise that apprenticeships are fast becoming more important within the workplace as a means of securing new talent and bringing fresh ideas to our business.

Although traditional apprenticeship schemes including engineering, electrical, welding and fabrication are still popular, disciplines like administration and logistics are becoming more in demand.

According to Skills Development Scotland (SDS) more than 1,700 people enrolled in a business and administration apprenticeship in June last year - a 46% increase compared to that for the term 2009-2010.

ASCO European Operations and Logistics Director, Zak Fleming, said, “At ASCO we recognise the importance of investing in continuous learning and development for all ages. We see our apprentice programme as a vital link in the succession planning process and an important step in building a stronger business. Over the past two years we’ve invested in 14 apprentices, eight in logistics and operations management and six in business administration across Aberdeen and Peterhead.”

Greg Keith (22) from Ellon is currently a logistics and operations management apprentice and is employed with ASCO full-time and has 18 months left in his apprenticeship programme.

“The apprenticeship has given me a great opportunity to earn and learn at the same time and it’s a job with real prospects. I’ve gained lots of varied work experience and I can see lots of opportunities for progression. My boss was also an apprentice at ASCO so straight away I knew that there were fantastic opportunities for me here.” 

Alex McGregor (20) from Pitmedden is currently doing a Business Administration apprenticeship focusing on the transport industry.

“I felt it was a great opportunity to get involved within an ever expanding market. My apprenticeship with ASCO has taught me how to work efficiently within a team and I have learned various other skills to help assist me in my day-to-day tasks within my role at ASCO.” 

Scott Partington (29), originally from Manchester, is working within the marine sector doing a business administration apprenticeship with ASCO. “I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to build a career rather than just a job with no prospects. Through my apprenticeship I have gained experience in freight but most of my time is in operations dealing with all the day-to-day requests of our clients. I am constantly learning new areas of the business, which I really enjoy.” 

Photo caption (left to right): ASCO European Operations and Logistics Director, Zak Fleming with Apprentices Scott Partington, Alex McGregor and Greg Keith