Over three-quarters of former McGill apprentices affected by the company entering administration have already found new jobs, according to newly released figures.
In a response to an enquiry from local SNP MSPs Joe FitzPatrick (Dundee City West) and Shona Robison MSP (Dundee City East), Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, advised that 57 out of 73 apprentices have already found new roles with other employers.
The Minister also revealed that Scottish Government agency Scottish Enterprise has been in early discussions with Catalus Energy Investments Limited, recently named as preferred bidder by McGill administrator KPMG.
When they recently announced the preferred bidder, KPMG stated that “agreement of the sale is subject to due diligence and contractual agreement.”
Local MSP Joe FitzPatrick (Dundee City West) said:
“It is vitally important that the apprentices who were affected by McGill’s administration are able to complete their apprenticeships and secure continued employment.
“While there is still some work ongoing to ensure that the remaining apprentices find new jobs, I’m encouraged by the progress that has been made so far in identifying new opportunities for the vast majority of those affected.”
Fellow Dundee MSP Shona Robison (Dundee City East) added:
“Dundee City Council is one of a number of local employers that have, to their credit, stepped in to offer opportunities to former McGill apprentices as well as to other affected employees of the company, and I am hopeful that those yet to find employment elsewhere will do so very soon.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Copy of correspondence from Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP:
Thank you for your email of 1 March about McGill & Co.
I would like to provide you with an update on the Modern Apprentices (MAs) affected by McGill entering administration:
Of the 42 MAs employed through the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), 37 have secured new employment. The remaining five MAs are being supported by SECTT which is following leads with other employers.
Of the 13 MAs employed by McGill via the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF), eight have secured alternative employment. Of the other five, four are either on work trials or have attended interviews over the past week. SNIPEF is working to source opportunities for the remaining MA.
11 MAs were provided through Piper Training and five have been placed with alternative employers. Another two have interviews this week and one is undertaking a different qualification. Piper is working on finding placements for the other three MAs.
All five apprentices placed via the Construction Industry Training Board have been found alternative employment to continue their apprenticeships in Dundee area.
One MA was placed through Edinburgh College and has found new employment.
One MA was employed through Pentland Assessment Centres and has secured alternative employment.
We provided PACE support for former employees through the event on 7 February and lists of vacancies were issued to all former employees. There were 38 exhibitors at the event which 250 individuals attended and there was positive anecdotal feedback from attendees and employers, some of whom conducted media interviews on the day. Further support from any individuals who requested this is being provided.
SE has been in close contact with the administrators, KPMG, throughout the administration process and while SE was not able to intervene in the process, it did offer to provide support to any prospective buyers and is willing to outline what assistance may be available to any successful bidder. I also spoke with the administrator on two occasions, most recently on 20 February and will be speaking with KPMG again this week.
In addition, SE reached out to a number of companies to alert them to the administration and to connect them with KPMG. A number of these companies attended the PACE event on 7 February both to consider a potential bid and recruitment opportunities.
SE has already been in discussions with Catalus Energy Investments Limited, named as preferred bidder by KPMG, and we await the outcome of its due diligence exercise.