Garry Friel and Camilo Fraser
LJX is proud to have taken on two apprentices over the last 5 months, with both undergoing SVQ Level 2 Trees and Timber (SCQF Level 5) Qualifications.
Garry Friel (20) and Camilo Fraser (16), both from Paisley started with LJX in October last year. Both Garry and Camilo were taken on through Rural Skills Scotland’s apprenticeship scheme, where they will complete four mandatory units and six optional units.
Daniel Kerr Director at LJX Tree Surgeons said: “Despite obvious issues around lockdown, we have (on the most part) been fortunate enough to remain operational. This has meant that both Garry and Camilo have been able to continue with their training. They are doing a sterling job and we are happy to be investing in their future! It takes time to properly train as a qualified Arborist and to build up your confidence, so we are thankful for the opportunity through Rural Skills Scotland. Once they have completed Level 2, they will move on to Level 3 and we’ll support them through the whole process, giving them the vital hands-on training that they need.”
LJX Apprentice, Garry, comments: “With many of my friends struggling to find work, I’m feeling really lucky to have a job and it’s great to be outdoors and to be doing something that I enjoy. It’s hard work having to combine the studying with the practical side of arboriculture, but the team at LJX are so supportive. They are only too happy to help and answer any questions that I have. It’s a cool place to work!”
These two latest recruits have taken the number of trained operatives at LJX to a total of 20+. The company was formed in 2009 and has enjoyed steady growth since its inception.
LJX carries out a range of domestic and commercial tree surgery services across central Scotland. For more information, please get in touch.