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Apprentice engineers re-employed after company closure

06 April 2018

Following the closure of part of Vaughan Engineering, due to money owed from the Carillion collapse, new positions have been found for seven apprentices.

With a debt of £600,000 for projects completed for Carillion and a further £1.1m of work completed for it in the first quarter of 2018, Vaughan businesses in Newcastle, Manchester and Edinburgh have been severely affected by its client's closure.

When news of the Vaughan difficulties began to circulate, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) contacted the seven apprentices at the company's Edinburgh office and advised them to update their CVs.

Their details were then circulated to other BESA members in Scotland and all seven have now been re-employed.

Three now work for Blantyre Park Services (BPS), with others finding positions with Servest Arthur McKay, John G Mackintosh, James Frew and FES.

BPS apprentice Ross Farrell said: "I heard about the redundancy on the Tuesday and by Friday I had a new job, which shows how well both BPS and BESA handled our situation."

BESA chief executive David Frise described the news as a "lone bright spot in an otherwise tragic tale".

"There has been a string of bad news following the collapse of Carillion and the loss of this long-established and highly respected company is heart breaking.

"However, the speed with which fellow BESA members have moved to rescue the careers of these apprentices has helped to raise spirits," said Mr Frise.

Closure of the Vaughan Edinburgh meant that its 160 staff were made redundant.

Due to the size of Carillion and its extensive supply chain, the effects of its collapse on its former employees, supply chain and clients are expected to continue for some time.

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