Civil engineering recruit finds work on home turf

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An unemployed teenager from Lewis is looking forward to a bright future as a civil engineer after being recruited by award-winning company Jones Bros.

Jonathan Maitland, 19 (pictured above) had spent the past eight months looking for work before being taken on by the civil engineering company.

He is now gaining valuable experience learning on the job as he assists on a £2.5m contract to extend a landfill facility in Stornoway.

Jonathan, who lives in Stornoway with his parents Alice and William, brother Andrew and sister Lauren, said: “I am so delighted to get a job with Jones Bros, it is fantastic. So far every day has been interesting as I experience the different aspects of the job.

“It is also quite ironic that some of my friends have gone off to university to study civil engineering. They can’t believe that I have landed a job as a trainee in my home town.”

Jonathan, a former pupil of the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, decided to take a gap year to go backpacking before attending university in Glasgow.

Since then he has been looking for work and secured an interview after Jones Bros Civil Engineering, keen to recruit a local trainee, contacted Stornoway Job Centre.

Mike O’Connor, Jones Bros project manager, said: “As soon as we interviewed Jonathan we knew he had the right skills and aptitude for the job and we are delighted to be able to provide him such a great opportunity.”