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Bruce Robertson Training Ltd

SQA, REHIS Approved Trainer | CSCS Health And Safety Training

After being made redundant in April 2015 I took the decision to use my skills gained in the delivery of training in Health and Safety as a consultant. My first port of call was to the Business Development Unit within Borders College who gave me the opportunity to develop a market within the city of Edinburgh. After several months of meeting many voluntary and statutory organisations I had established a network of agencies who could refer their service users onto courses on which they could learn basic knowledge in Health and Safety that would allow them to attain the CSCS card  which in turn would enhance their opportunities in securing employment within the construction industry. Job Centre Plus were very happy to refer their customers onto the course as they were already projecting a shortfall of labourers within the city’s booming construction industry. Within several months I parted with Borders College on amicable terms as my vision was focusing on supporting individuals within some of the most socially deprived areas within the city. I started to work alongside Community Renewal in Muirhouse whereon much success was gained in securing employment after attaining the CSCS card for many Community Renewal service users. The informal working arrangement with Community Renewal developed into other areas across the city where similar success has been secured through employment. I have since undertaken work for Community Renewal in Glasgow where we successfully delivered two courses to the Romany community which resulted in 100% of candidates securing paid employment, as a direct result of this I have now also gained further work with two industrial cleaning companies in Glasgow which provides regular ongoing work with the delivery of training for their new employees.

I gained REHIS and SQA approved Centre status in 2017, ITA provider status in 2018 and studied to secure NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in 2017.

I was approached in 2018 to become a full partner in the delivery of the upcoming Employment support contract in Edinburgh for the next two years starting in April 2019. I am delighted to accept this role which will not only further develop my business but also have a crucial role in shaping employability within the diverse city population over the next two years.

Much work has also been undertaken in East Lothian where I have developed a network of agencies within several disciplines across the voluntary and statutory sectors in securing employment for harder to engage candidates. I have also delivered several courses in the Scottish Borders notably the redundant workers from Murray and Burrell all of whom have gone on to secure alternative employment in the construction industry.

I would not have been able to achieve my personal goals had it not been for the support received from Margaret Simpson in the early days of getting the business up and running. I sincerely hope that I can offer advice and support should anyone through the Chamber require my input.