Young engineer swaps Rio for Rutherglen!

Gustavo and apprentice Declan Murphy

BRAZIL may be gripped by World Cup fever right now – but one Scotland TranServ graduate has swapped Rio for Rutherglen and the samba for Sauchiehall Street!

Brazilian Gustavo Alarcon is kicking off a summer engineering internship at the South West’s trunk road operator, learning the silky skills that keep Scotland’s roads top of their game. While Polmadie isn’t quite Ipanema, Gustavo is keen to kick off his career and has been learning about quality crossing at the Erskine Bridge over the last few weeks.

He said, “Everyone at Scotland TranServ has been so friendly and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can over the next few months. To learn from experienced engineers planning the future of some of the busiest roads in the United Kingdom is a fantastic opportunity. It is great to support everything that I have learned over the last year with hands-on, practical experience. Some of my new colleagues are even supporting Brazil in the World Cup, seeing as Scotland aren’t there.”

Gustavo is among a number of youngsters starting out at Scotland TranServ, which operates the trunk roads network across the south west on behalf of Transport Scotland. The company will also take on a couple of new graduates and two new apprentices.

Two youngsters will also shortly start a 2-year apprenticeship with Scotland TranServ. The company will put the apprentices through their SVQ Level 2 apprenticeship in Highway Maintenance, with the majority of programme carried out in-house and a small element of external provision. The apprenticeship is based on a Balfour Beatty model, one of the joint venture partners involved in Scotland TranServ.

Declan Murphy has recently completed an apprenticeship with the organisation and has been taken on at the firm’s depot in Ayr. He added, “This is a great opportunity for me and one that I’m looking forward to, progressing my career with a leading company like Scotland TranServ, particularly when they were formed by Balfour Beatty and Mouchel, two of the biggest civil engineering companies in Britain. I’ve learned loads over the last few years, but I know there’s still a lot more to learn from the experienced guys I’ll be working with. There’s places to develop and I’m looking forward to working hard and getting on in the company.”

Russell Rennie, Scotland TranServ’s Contract Director added, “These young recruits are the future of the organisation, carrying on a proud Scottish civil engineering tradition. Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in the field has obviously inspired Gustavo, our young Brazilian recruit to head to Glasgow. We’re investing in the future transport infrastructure in this country, to support Scotland’s economic growth and development and it’s only fitting that we also invest in the talented, young people who will help to plan and deliver that investment for many years to come.”