A bright future for Ewan

When Dundee-based construction firm McGill collapsed it was devastating news for many, including 17-year-old Ewan Buik who had been working there as an apprentice electrician since leaving school six months before.

As luck would have it, Dundee and Angus College’s existing apprentice electrician had just completed his apprenticeship when Dundee City Council got in touch. They sent in a CV for Ewan, the last of McGill’s apprentices still to be placed.

The college agreed to an initial one-month trial placement but within a week they realised Ewan was a bright spark and offered him an apprenticeship on a permanent basis. He will learn his trade over the next three years working with the college’s father and son electrical team, Mike and Mark Bannon.

Dundee and Angus College Principal Grant Ritchie says, “We were delighted to be able to offer Ewan the chance to pick up his apprenticeship and complete with us. The college works hard with our industry partners to look after apprentices and to try and get them into jobs. To be able to offer this job, particularly to the last apprentice without an employer, works well for everybody involved.

“Ewan will learn a lot with our busy electrical team working hard to make sure all our buildings and equipment are in good shape for our students and staff.”

Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee says, “It may be a cliché but young people are our future, and finding places so they can carry on with their apprenticeships is important, for them and the city as a whole. I want to thank not just Dundee and Angus College but also every single employer who stepped up and allowed apprentices from McGill to get their career prospects back on track. I’m sure that it will be a win-win for all of them.”