Two local teenagers are building a career thanks to Cumbernauld’s £75 million high-rise regeneration.
Nicole Barlow and Kieran Smith, both 16, were recently taken on as apprentice joiners by Cruden Building & Renewals at two Sanctuary Scotland sites.
The pair is helping Cruden build ten flats in Allanfauld Road where dilapidated garages once stood, plus another 39 flats in Hume Road on the site of the former Ochilview nursing home. The Allanfauld Road properties will be the next to complete after the 96 flats at nearby Newlands Place.
Paul Boland, HR manager at Cruden, said: “We have been able to provide apprenticeship opportunities to local teenagers thanks to our partnership with Sanctuary, and anticipate bright futures for Kieran and Nicole.
“We have been impressed by the work ethic and enthusiasm of both as they help build new, affordable Sanctuary housing in Cumbernauld.”
Kieran, who lives in Cumbernauld, and former St Maurice’s High pupil Nicole attend John Wheatley College in Glasgow to supplement their on-site training. The pair are due to complete their apprenticeship in August 2018.
Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s head of development – Scotland, said: “The creation of employment and training opportunities for young people is a key consideration for Sanctuary.
“Kieran and Nicole are among the many apprentices being given an opportunity thanks to Sanctuary’s build programme. We are delighted both are doing so well for Cruden and have a chance to build a career with the firm.”
The next decade will see all 12 Cumbernauld blocks demolished and replaced with more than 400 high-quality homes. Sanctuary’s plans have been developed with the support of residents, the Scottish Government and North Lanarkshire Council.