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    One of the leading operators in this specialist field, Motherwell Bridge’s Storage Tank business has the benefit of over 100 years’ experience delivering a remarkable variety of specialist solutions across the globe.

  • Multi-skilled, quick response heat exchanger workforce

    Specialists in shell and tube heat exchanger repair, Motherwell Bridge’s skilled employees can work in the harshest environment to provide you with what you need, when you need it.

  • Clayton Walker gasholder design and construction

    Motherwell Bridge has been an acknowledged expert and market leader in the design and construction of gasholders and gas recovery systems for over 170 years.

Skills Development Scotland and MB launch new Our Skillsforce website

November 2012

Motherwell Bridge was the venue for the launch of a new web service to help Scottish employers recruit and develop skilled people effectively.

Our Skillsforce was officially launched on November 2 by Angela Constance, MSP and Minister for Youth Employment, at Motherwell Bridge’s Lanarkshire facility in the presence of local dignitaries, representatives from Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland.

Using the interactive Our Skillsforce web platform, employers can now find information on recruiting, developing and planning their workforce all in one place, along with up-to-date information on national and local labour markets.

Our Skillsforce sets out all the publicly-funded skills support services available. It also enables employers to flag their skills and recruitment needs through a Skills Alert feature assisting them to the best available package of support, while the results of a quarterly national survey of Scotland’s employers provides insight into their training and recruitment priorities and challenges.

Before the launch, Angela Constance toured Motherwell Bridge’s heat exchanger workshop.

Russell Ward, chief executive of Motherwell Bridge, said: “Motherwell Bridge prides itself on taking a hands-on approach to training and skills. We are already looking to develop our own in-house training school philosophy and have started re-engaging with local young people to demonstrate that engineering is a career with a future.

“The Our Skillsforce service will be invaluable for helping us recruit enthusiastic people and equip them with the skills we need to not only tackle the jobs of tomorrow, but retain talent in-house.”

The Minister also met with some of Motherwell Bridge’s modern apprentices, including trainee machineman and fitter Sean Timmins, who comes from Fauldhouse within her Almond Valley constituency.

Angela Constance said: “I often hear from employers who are seeking assistance in finding the right person for the jobs available, and we already know that we have a talented, enthusiastic generation of young people, many of whom need help to find work.

“Our Skillsforce will make an important difference to both young people and employers and go long way to matching the right person to the right job, and ensure that people seeking workbe they a young person or over 24can maximise their potential and help our economy flourish.”