North Ayrshire Council Leader Willie Gibson has visited Dalry to congratulate a young man fast carving out a career with one of the area’s biggest employers.
Jordan Devlin (19) has just secured a further six months work with McTaggart Construction after impressing his supervisors during a work placement through Action for Children’s Youthbuild Programme. To mark his achievement, the company invited Cllr Gibson to present Jordan with a tool box.
Cllr Gibson also took time out to meet with the directors and senior management team of the privately owned construction business which today employs around 240 people in its main contracting, civil engineering, timber frame, private housing, scaffolding and services divisions at developments across Scotland.
Gary Climson, Commercial Director of McTaggart Construction Ltd, commented: “McTaggart Construction has been a supporter of Action for Children’s Youthbuild programme for many years and with the Ayrshire branch since its inception in 2010, and Jordan is one of a number of Ayrshire young people who have been placed with us through the scheme.
“Over the past six months he has been working as a labourer on two of our developments in Kilmarnock, and during this time his commitment to hard work and ambition has shone through. Jordan has demonstrated just the sort of enthusiasm, willingness to learn and appreciation for quality that McTaggart Construction thrives on.
“As both an employer and an Ayrshire business we are delighted to offer Jordan this opportunity to gain a further six months industry experience and provide him with a tool box which I have no doubt will stand him in good stead in the future.”
Jordan himself was delighted to learn of his six-month extension: “I’d recommend Youthbuild to anyone interested in getting into the construction industry. It’s one of the best courses I’ve been on and without them I wouldn’t have got all of my tickets to be able to work on sites.
“Labouring is a great way to learn and see a bit of all the trades, and hopefully I’ll be able to use this experience to get myself an apprenticeship in the future.”