FIGHTING fire and ice is all in a day’s work for a former youth trainee from Gairloch.
For Syd Tippett (19) not only helps to keep Wester Ross roads clear of snow he also works as a retained firefighter.
Syd joined Highland Council’s roads maintenance team as a trainee at the Gairloch depot in June last year. As part of his development the council’s employability team helped pay for him to attend an HGV driving course which led to him taking up a full-time post.
Staff from the council’s employability team and his community services colleagues also supported him to attend Highlands and Islands fire training so he now also has a role as a retained trainee firefighter and is on stand-by for call-outs within the community.
Syd’s supervisor, Laura MacAllister, said: "Syd has become a valuable addition to the staff and the injection of youth has portrayed a need to attract a younger generation into the workforce."
Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of the environment, development and infrastructure committee, praised Syd for his achievements and hard work. He said: "Living in a rural location often brings specific challenges to young people as employment opportunities are often limited so this leads to folk moving away to improve their work prospects.
"I’m delighted that Syd has taken so well to his new full-time job with the local team. With the recent spell of bad weather, his skills behind the wheel have certainly been an asset. I wish him well and congratulate him also on his important fire-fighting role which will certainly benefit his community."
For more details on the work of the council’s employability team contact its employment support adviser on 01463 702384.