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Graduates help housebuilder tackle skills shortage



Elgin-based house builder Springfield Properties is tackling an industry skills shortage by unearthing fresh talent through student placement programmes across Scotland.

Over the last two years, the AIM-quoted business has placed 11 university students in a range of work experience roles.

As a direct result of these placements, Springfield has offered full-time employment to five of the interns – who now work for the company, or will do after completing their degree.

“As a growing business, the work experience programmes help us find the best talent to future proof the company,” said Springfield group HR director, Heather Henderson.

“I’m pleased that we usually manage to place students in their own locality; it shows that people can still build a great career in their home town with a local company.”

Since 2011, Springfield has grown from 206 staff to more than 540 across offices in Elgin and Larbert and around 20 development sites.

24-year-old Ashleigh Thomson from Buckie took a placement before completing her architecture degree at Robert Gordon University. After graduating in 2017 she joined Springfield full time as an architectural technician.

“It’s difficult to get a position with a company in your chosen career after graduation if you have no direct experience,” Thomson said. “Springfield provided me with much-needed commercial awareness, as well as sponsorship to complete my studies.”

The other four interns offered jobs are Duncan Martin, 20, from Kinloss, a trainee architectural technician; Megan Scotland, 23, from Bo’ness, who joined the marketing department; Jack Kemp, 22, from Inverness, a trainee quantity surveyor, and 19-year-old, Iain Phimister from Forres, who is set to join in 2020 after completing a surveying degree at RGU.



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