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An international specialist equipment and integrated engineering firm has been recognised for its commitment to engineering bright futures for young people with a major award win.

Sparrows Group has been named Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Youth Employer of the Month for June.

The company, which is based in Aberdeen, has been recognised for its efforts in creating opportunities for local young people.

Sparrows currently employ 11 apprentices at their headquarters in Murcar Industrial Estate, Bridge of Don, and has plans to recruit a further 12 this year.

The firm employs Modern and Graduate Apprentices, and will this month be offering a placement for their first engineering Foundation Apprentice from NESCOL.


SDS Relationship Account Executive, Amanda Mason hands over the Youth Employer of the Month award to Executive Director of Sparrows Group, Ewen Kerr (centre), and apprentices employed by the firm.

Company success from supporting youth

The company sees the value in work-based learning, with senior figures in the business having taken the apprenticeship career path.

Ewen Kerr, executive director of Sparrows said: “Being recognised by Skills Development Scotland with this award is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work our training and competence team put in to delivering these programmes.

“Providing opportunities where young people can train towards a recognised qualification and learn first-hand with on the job experience is vitally important to giving them the core skills they require.

“Supporting graduates and apprentices as they start on their career path is part of our history, it has been an integral part of our success as a company and we’re proud to continue with the next generation.”

School partnerships

Sparrows specialises in delivering integrated engineering solutions to the global engineering industry, with 1,800 employees worldwide working in destinations including the USA, Australia and Singapore.

As well as nurturing young talent and sourcing the next generation of employees through apprenticeships, the company works closely with local schools to offer work experience placements and promote pathways into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths – or STEM.

They recently hosted a ‘Girls in Energy’ event, where 14 S3 pupils from Peterhead Academy went to the company’s training centre to try out the crane simulator, view the pedestal crane, see the training facilities up close and meet with female engineers to hear about their career journeys so far.

There are also plans to access Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) funding, which offers employers up to £4,000 when their company commits to employing an unemployed young person.

Enthusiasm and commitment

Amanda Mason, Relationship Account Executive at Skills Development Scotland, nominated Sparrows for the award. She said: “It is fantastic to see such enthusiasm and commitment from Sparrows when it comes to youth employment.

“They have created some fantastic opportunities for local young people to date, and the future looks even brighter with the plans that they have.

“It is great to see their work being recognised.”

Chairman of SDS, John F McClelland CBE, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Sparrows for their impressive commitment to helping young people into employment.

“Their work encouraging young women into STEM, support of apprenticeships, work with schools and plans for the future all show a real commitment to the next generation of workers.”

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