New apprentices boost MPACT Group expansion plans

MPACT Group has welcomed the latest batch of apprentices to the firm as part of its continuing expansion.

The new intake of aspiring tradesmen includes Stewart Adams, a young father working towards his plumbing qualifications. He is joined by three school leavers training variously as an electrician, plumber and joiner. Previously employed by Nairn’s Oatcakes in Edinburgh, 26-year-old Stewart decided to join MPACT’s apprenticeship programme to build a long-term career for himself and his son Rory. The Leith Academy graduate, whose interests outside of work include football and golf, is aiming to become a fully-qualified plumber.

He is joined in his plumbing apprenticeship by 17-year-old Ethan Roxburgh, who has taken up his first job after finishing school at Leith Academy. He aims to one day own his own company, and chose to begin that journey with MPACT because of the tough and comprehensive training provided.

Also in his first job is Ciaran Anderson, who recently finished his schooling at Portobello High School. The 17-year-old – whose interests include football, boxing and MMA – has joined MPACT as an apprentice electrician.

“MPACT is a big company and have a lot of experienced workers,” Ciaran said.

“I chose to come through MPACT because I knew I would learn a lot and it’s a big opportunity to be given. I’ve only been here a short time and already I’ve learned so much.”

Trinity Academy graduate Nathan Hay, 18, has taken on a joinery apprenticeship at MPACT and joins the company at a time of transition for the family-owned business, which is expanding from a local concern into a nationally-operating building services contractor.

Set up in 2007 by director Paul Wringe and his brother-in-law Matthew Wright, MPACT employs 67 people operating out of its headquarters in Loanhead, near Edinburgh. It has five employees who went through its apprenticeship programme and currently supports a total of 11 apprentices.

Established with £15,000 of savings from various members of the family, MPACT is set to reach annual revenues of £10 million this year. Recent high-profile projects include a six-figure refurbishment for Weatherby’s Private Bank in Edinburgh, and the revamp of a Gardener’s Cottage at Heriot-Watt University into a working space for the music department.

“We have ambitious expansion plans that will require us to grow our headcount, but at the same time we must ensure that everyone we employ is capable of delivering the top service that has allowed us to get to where we are today,” Paul said.

“As a company, we want to leave a legacy of a business committed to both its clients and its staff. Apprenticeships are a great way to help achieve growth on our terms.”