Our apprentices through six decades

05 March 2020

We are delighted that so many apprentices have joined the Mactaggart & Mickel family over the years. Here’s a snapshot of six dedicated colleagues who have joined us each decade from the present day to the 1970s. We are immensely proud of their achievements in building rewarding careers.

From right to left....

The Twenties: Jack Westwater - Apprentice Painter 
Eighteen-year-old Jack has been working for Mactaggart & Mickel since September 2019. He’s based at the Greenan Views development at Doonfoot, Ayr and has been doing ‘first coat’ painting and cutting-in work.

He says, “I learn something new every day from the other painters on the team, but it’s also great to meet people working in other trades and build up my knowledge of Mactaggart & Mickel standards, which are very high! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

The Tens: Shaun Kennedy - apprentice joiner 
Shaun qualified in 2017, the same year that he joined the company’s Emerging Leaders programme. In 2018 he was appointed Trainee Assistant Site Manager, and is currently supporting site manager Mark Harris to construct a 52-bed care home at Doonfoot in Ayr.

He says “I was mentored by joiner David Riddell who was really knowledgeable and had built up a great career. I realised that I could do the same. I am delighted that so many opportunities keep opening up for me.”

The Noughties: Jamielee Savage - apprentice painter
Jamielee joined Mactaggart & Mickel in 2006. She worked as a painter for several years before her career took a different turn, when Director Marion Forbes suggested that she might consider a move into a health & safety role.

She said: “It’s in my nature is to look out for people so I decided to take the plunge. I was appointed Trainee Health & Safety Advisor in 2018 and now hold the Nebosh General Certificate, a qualification you need to build your career. I have lots to learn but I know I have made the right decision.”

The Nineties: David Riddell - apprentice joiner 
David joined Mactaggart & Mickel in 1995. He remains a joiner to this day and is working at Broom Grove, a development of six exclusive properties on the site the former Whitecraigs Bowling Club, south of Glasgow.

David loves teaching apprentices how to hone their joinery skills. He says: “ I have shown the ropes to four promising young joiners so far, and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing them build their skills.”

The Eighties: Ronnie Thriepland – apprentice plumber 
Ronnie’s career began in Largs but he has worked on every Mactaggart & Mickel housing site in the west of Scotland. He has mentored two apprentices.

He says: “Mactaggart & Mickel train you well then, once you know what you are doing, they trust you to manage your work. I am really proud to have earned that trust. And their approach to Health & Safety is second to none.” 

The Seventies: John Knight - apprentice painter 
John can recall the date he started - 30 July 1979! More than 40 years – and around 500 new-build houses later - thoughts of retiring are still a long way off. John worked on projects such as the Milk Bar for the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 and the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

John knows more than most that Mactaggart & Mickel care about their employees because in 2017 he faced heart surgery. He said, “Mactaggart & Mickel supported me fully so I could concentrate on getting better. The directors are all very approachable, and I could not work for a better company.”






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