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The Education Centre

Laying foundations for a bright & healthy future

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Continuous Development

Jas P Wilson proudly offer a wide range of skilled jobs in our local area – with many of these roles acting as a platform for individual career progression and personal development – and recognise that to achieve our vision for the future, we must continue to recruit and develop good people.

The only way we can do this is to take a proactive approach and raise the profile of what we do within the community.

As part of our commitment to our ongoing training and recruitment strategy Jas P Wilson have built a dedicated forestry Education Centre right here at our Dalbeattie site.

This dedicated facility forms the hub for staff development which is so critical for our own future, whilst also providing a base that can be used by schools and educational partners.

A wider benefit for all

We recognise that resources for schools and colleges are an issue, particularly for staff and students to be able to gain access to up to date equipment for engineering and operator training in a specialist industry such as forestry.

Our aspiration with the Education Centre is to formalise our own staff development in-line with ongoing business needs, whilst also increasing the support available to schools, colleges, the community and other organisations. Wherever appropriate, classes can be delivered on a real working site for the benefit of all parties involved.

Contact us to find out more about the Education Centre and how we might be able to help you or your organisation.

Site Visit

Many young people have never set foot in a real working environment before, to address this, the company arrange several site visits where groups young people are invited onto site to experience what it is like to work in a busy manufacturing and

There are also opportunities to learn more about how a business works!service environment.

Included on the site tour is an interactive opportunity where there is chance get some real hands on experience with a welding or crane simulator, and to try out a manufacturing exercise.

Career Opportunities

Jas P Wilson’s recognise that it is important to raise young people’s awareness of the opportunities available to them through developing a career in engineering and manufacturing, typical careers for girls and boys may include:

Design Engineer, Fabricator / Welder, Mechanical fitter / Machinist / Service Engineer / Business & Marketing, Office Administration, Sales & Finance.

Apprenticeship Program

On occasion there are opportunities for the company to take on apprentices, these are normally in Fabrication & Welding, Machining, Final Assembly & Service Engineering – The duration of the apprenticeships would normally be four years with on going training to achieve the National Standard in the respective disciplines, the business has an Education Centre on site and an experienced and qualified training manager which enables a large proportion of training to be delivered on site.

Qualifications requirements

If you are interested in an apprenticeship we would be looking for National 5’s in Science, Technology, English & Maths, if you have studied at National 4 level you would still be considered for interview, the important thing is your interest in the job.

For those attending college a National Certificate (NC) at level 5 or 6 in the appropriate discipline with appropriate work experience on site may result in an offer of an apprenticeship, for Fabrication and Welding, Machining and Final Assembly the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) SVQ 2 would also be a pre – requisite.

Work experience for schools & colleges

The site visit is an opportunity for someone to find out more about the business, if they are interested then work experience can be arranged with attendance patterns to suit the individual and the work areas, offering a “hands on experience” to participants – All work experience includes a Health & safety induction, training and the opportunity to work 1:1 with experienced mentors.

A good example of on – going support to schools would be the “Autotest” project which is run in partnership with Dalbeattie school and Solway car club, the work the students undertake forms part of their SQA Automotive Level 4 course.

Two 1.4 MG ZR cars have been purchased and provided to the schools to be prepared for Autotesting, this enables the students to consolidate the knowledge and skills gained on their course. Once the cars are prepared the students will be afforded the opportunity to compete in the Autotest series run by Solway car club, they will also be accompanied by experienced competitors from the club who will provide guidance and encouragement from the co driver’s seat, cars will be transported to and from events by Jas P Wilson for the competing pupils.

Autotesting is an opportunity for someone to try their hand at motorsport, but should not be considered as a dangerous activity, it introduces young people to driving in a fun and structured way focussing on precision driving and car control; something that will make a huge difference when young people get their road license.

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