Office equipment specialist Capital Document Solutions has introduced two new trainees to its Aberdeen ranks as part of a long-standing – and highly successful – recruitment strategy designed to offer career opportunities to new recruits.
One of the apprentices has taken up a place with the company at its Virginia Street premises while the other has joined to complete his industry training following successful college studies. Capital has also added a trainee to its Edinburgh office.
More than 22 engineers have come through the ranks with Capital, which has operations across Scotland, since the business first introduced formal technical training opportunities in the 1990s.
It has enjoyed close links with educational institutions and authorities ever since to maintain a proactive approach to trainee recruitment.
Rudi Meier from Cape Town, South Africa, is close to completion of an apprenticeship at Capital’s Aberdeen office that will see him attain an SVQ in electrical and electronic engineering maintenance.
Phil Bruce is now an Aberdeen-based trainee, covering the north-east and Tayside, after completing an HNC/HND in engineering systems at Dundee College.
Additionally, John Aitken has embarked upon an apprenticeship at Capital’s Edinburgh office which will see him achieve an SVQ in electrical and electronic engineering maintenance upon completion.
Ronnie Melvin, Service Development Director at Capital Document Solutions, said:
“At any given time we usually have around eight people at various stages of progress in our training programme, which has worked well for us over the years.
“We’ve sought to broaden it beyond the conventional apprenticeship route to give us the opportunity to identify college leavers and others with the potential to develop a successful career with our ambitious and growing company.
“We’ve developed very positive relationships with a number of academic organisations to ensure we maintain the momentum behind the programme.
“It presents exciting opportunities for young people keen to realise their potential in our fast-moving industry. At the same time, both Capital and our customers enjoy the benefits that come with regularly introducing talented young people to our workforce.”
Learning is a continuous process for Capital personnel after they have secured their vocational qualifications: there is regular training in areas such as new products and software solutions.
“Our training initiatives open up a diverse range of possibilities for our staff,” adds Ronnie. “As well as workshop roles, people can go on to assume positions in sales, field support, IT and management, in our head office or branch offices as the organisation expands.”
It recently opened an office in Dundee – adding to its operations in Aberdeen, Shetland, Edinburgh and Glasgow – to bolster its presence and service delivery in Tayside and north Fife. Established in 1979, the business employs 162 people.