East Lothian’s MSP Iain Gray met the owners of local business James Sandie & Son at a recent Holyrood reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the CITB.
The CITB is the industry training board for the UK construction industry.
Mr Gray chatted with Murray and Colin Stewart, who run the East Linton-based painting and decorating business, at the reception which gave MSPs the chance to learn more about the CITB’s work.
The company was named Best Painting and Decorating Business of the Year at the Scottish Decorators Federation in 2013.
Murray Stewart is also a former president of the federation.
CITB is a partner in the sector skills council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. It works with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.
Mr Gray said: “It was good to welcome Murray and Colin to the Scottish Parliament and learn more about their business.
“They underlined the importance of apprenticeships in the construction industry and CITB have been working to ensure that construction employers have the right skills, in the right place and at the right time for 50 years now.
“The support and funding it provides also helps companies to increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for their sector.
“I welcome the important role CITB plays in the sector and was pleased to help it celebrate its success at Holyrood.”
Established in 1868, James Sandie & Son is one of the county’s oldest businesses.
Based at the Square, it was named after the original founder James Sandie and was later, after his retirement, passed to his son. In 1954 the company was sold to East Linton man Robert Carfrae who employed Thomas Stewart, orginally as an apprentice painter, aged 14.