Daviot Win Award for Developing a Young Workforce30th August 2016
Daviot win regional Developing the Young Workforce Award for the Inverness and Central Highland region
Daviot's commitment to hiring apprentices and developing its own workforce through these young workers has paid off with the company being shortlisted for an award.
The firm won the Regional Developing the Young Workforce Award for the Inverness and Central Highland region and has now been shortlisted for the Developing the Young Workforce Award at this year’s Highland Business Awards run by the Inverness Chamber of Commerce.
Daviot has a number of apprentices throughout its workforce ranging from working on the site, in the garage, HR, commercial, compliance and finance.
For Daviot, developing its own workforce through apprentices is a key ethos of the company driven by the owner and the senior management team.
Paul Adam’s director at Daviot said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. It goes to show that Daviot really do have a fabulous apprentice scheme and that we are committed to developing a young workforce. By investing in young people through apprenticeships, we are confident that we will retain them within the work force. We train, encourage and support them and provide opportunity. We have retained 100% of the young workforce we have employed, this we believe speaks volumes about our success.
“Young people are the future of our company, in five years’ time we want our current successful young employees to be the ones who are supporting and developing the young workforce and continuing to drive the commitment to the young workforce.
“We want to become known as a company that young people want to work for and our young workforce will be the best example of attracting more young people.”
Daviot provides young people with opportunities to gain experience, to learn in a real life environment and provides the chance to develop learning through further education/qualifications.
We employ a number of apprentices across the company, for example, we employ three trainee Quantity Surveyors. One of the trainees is currently studying for his QS degree at QMU in Glasgow. This is funded by Daviot and the trainee attends University one day a week.
One of our fitters, Steven Reid, won the Apprentice Civil Engineer of the Year award 2015 and received his award at a ceremony at Holyrood at the end of 2015 and was further recognised at the national CECA dinner for this achievement. Steven has undertaken all of his training and development through the company.
We work closely with Skills Development Scotland and in February took part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Paul Adams, director of Daviot swapped roles with one of the apprentices for the week.
What we look for in young people is not qualifications, it is potential and attitude.
We tailor all of our training and qualifications to the individual. An apprentice may join the company having done an HNC in a particular field and they know the career path they wish to follow, in that case we assist them with the relevant training and qualifications. On other occasions we have had apprentices join us and have allowed them time to find their feet and discover where they feel there is a fit (finance/HR/commercial) and then work with them to plan their development.