Fraser C Robb is a rural family business based in Drymen that has been selling and servicing agricultural and horticultural machinery from lawnmowers to tractors for the past 40 years. The business has recently diversified to include the Drymen Business Hub, a co-working space with meeting and events capabilities. This will both serve the local area, and will help accommodate some of their own training needs.
Fraser C Robb has a history of supporting young people at the start of their careers in engineering, and finds the support available from Stirling Council an aid to accelerating the number of apprentices that they can support. In the last two years Fraser C Robb has taken on two apprentices, Angus in 2021 and David in 2019, who are both studying at Oatridge for their SVQ in Land based Engineering.
Director, Lorna Robb, is passionate about supporting young people into work and is clear, “Without the support from Stirling Council, we just wouldn’t be able to take on the number of apprentices we have in the past few years. We are a small business employing 14 people. Taking on several apprentices at once can be time consuming and can impact on the productivity of the business. The support from Stirling Council, allows us to nurture and support young people to navigate their way through education and employment and ensure that they have a positive experience with us. We’ve been lucky as many of our apprentices have continued to work with us once their 4 year apprenticeship ends and we take this as a great compliment to how we operate as a business.”
Lorna explains how simple and easy to follow the process is, “We speak regularly with Business Gateway at STEP who introduced us to Gordon Wright from the Learning and Employability Team at Stirling Council. Gordon has been really helpful, explaining the process for the apprenticeships and making sure we keep on track to secure the funds. We took between 3-6 months planning the placement and education support and then were able to apply for the Fair Work Incentive. Overall it was really smooth and easy”.
Lorna urges local businesses thinking of taking on apprentices to get involved. “Business Gateway at STEP will help cover fundamentals, such as HR policies suitable for taking on the apprentices. If you need additional support, STEP can help. Speak to Stirling Council’s Learning and Employability Team about your exact needs and you will be directed to support for training providers. There’s a little bit of work on an application form but it’s more than worth the time as the funding will help you start a young person on their career”.
If you would to find out more about funding support, please contact Gordon Wright via the details below and have a look at Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks regarding what’s involved in employing an apprentice.
Gordon Wright – Senior Officer, Employer Engagement, Stirling Council - firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Gateway Stirling - https://www.bgateway.com/local-offices/stirling/local-support
STEP HR support - https://stephr.co.uk/
Fraser C. Robb - https://frasercrobb.co.uk/