DPS Group reveal record commitment to apprentices

Fife-based DPS Group reveals biggest intake of apprentices and commits to prepare them for a digital manufacturing future.


Key headlines: 

  • Biggest commitment to apprenticeships revealed by DPS Group

  • Focus on digital solutions marks significant productivity challenge for new generation

  • Ten people now employed on Modern Apprenticeships, Adult Apprenticeships (over 25s) and Foundation Apprenticeships

  • Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth visits DPS Group’s headquarters as part of Skills Development Scotland’s Sottish Apprenticeship Week

DPS Group today (Friday 8 March) revealed its biggest commitment to apprenticeships yet, as the Fife-based firm celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

A leading provider of smart solutions to manufacturing industries, DPS Group now employs seven Modern Apprentices, one Adult Apprentice (over 25) and two Foundation Apprenticeships for those still in school education. 

DPS Group has a long, proud history of supporting apprentices, having employed 28 people to roles over the last 16 years. Every single apprentice has been offered a full-time role at the end of their training, which is delivered in partnership with Fife College.

Apprentices at DPS Group gain a broad education during their time. In particular their apprenticeship focuses on the key digital and smart solutions required as the Glenrothes-based company tackles the defining challenge of this generation – productivity. 

DPS Group are the forefront of developing new smart solutions to help create the ‘factory of the future’ with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at the heart of its approach. 

According to global research company Gartner, innovations such as smart, connected products, and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) will be key to productivity improvement and new demand in the IT sector through 2022.

The electrical, instrumentation and control specialists have enjoyed strong growth in recent years, significantly increasing their workforce.

In January, DPS Group announced it expects to recruit at least 17 new electrical specialists and project managers delivering a major boost to Glenrothes and the surrounding areas as a result of a bulging order book. 

DPS Group director Colin Burnett comments: “We are proud to have helped so many apprentices build a career in our industry. After all these years our commitment has never been stronger.

We want to give young people in Fife an opportunity to build a career they can be proud of. The fact we’ve offered a full-time role to every person that completed their programme with us, is evidence of how important apprenticeships are to our industry. 

“The nature of our apprenticeships is changing significantly from when I started out in this industry. Smart digital solutions are central to solving the productivity challenge that manufacturing faces right now. Our latest apprentices will complete their training with us and be ready, perhaps unlike any generation before.”

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Jenny Gilruth, visited DPS Group’s headquarters Glenrothes to meet apprentices as part of Skills Development Scotland’s annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Jenny Gilruth MSP comments: “I was absolutely delighted to visit DPS Group in Glenrothes and to meet with the apprentices as part of apprenticeship week.  DPS Group are a valuable employer in my constituency and it’s great news that the company now employs over ten people as apprentices. 

“Staying on at school – or going straight into further or higher education, isn’t the right pathway for everyone – that’s why apprenticeships are so important, because they provide an opportunity for employment and for training on the job. 

“DPS Group have employed 28 apprentices since 2003 – that shows a real investment in people and I’d like to congratulate the company on all their work to support skilled employment in the Glenrothes area.” 

Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “Apprenticeships offer employers a unique opportunity to invest in and develop the skills their business needs for the future.

“SDS continues to work with business to increase the number of new apprenticeship opportunities – creating skills that meet their needs.

“Scottish apprenticeships now allow employers to introduce young people to their business while they are still at school and keep them in their workforce until they are degree qualified.”