Alan Swankie, managing director of Angus Training Group (ATG), has announced his retirement after 39 years with the company.
Starting his career as an engineering apprentice, Alan then joined ATG in 1978 as a turning instructor. During his time with the company, Alan has held a number of key roles including operations manager and training manager, before progressing to the role of managing director in 2007.
Commenting on his decision to retire, Alan said: “It will be a very strange feeling to leave ATG after 39 years, but I feel the time is right for me to step down. The company is very highly regarded and has an excellent reputation, which is due to the dedication of all staff who are passionate about, and committed to, getting the best out of each year’s intake of apprentices.”
Alan played a key role in the development of ATG’s modern apprenticeship programmes and also led a number of award-winning training initiatives. He will be replaced by Sam Greer, who joins the company from Fife’s Developing Young Workforce project.
Alan continued: “It’s been hugely gratifying to give young apprentices a platform for developing their skills and knowledge and seeing them progress throughout their careers. I know that Sam will be a fantastic MD for the company and I look forward to watching the business grow further as she brings new ideas and fresh approaches to the table. I’m extremely grateful to have worked with such a fantastic team at ATG and wish everyone the very best for the future.”
Of Alan’s retirement, Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, said: “Alan can reflect on his 39 years at Angus Training Group with justified pride and a sense of achievement having played a significant part in the recruitment and training of more than 1600 young men and women who have gone on to forge careers in engineering.
“Having worked with him since 2011, as the local MSP, I have seen first-hand how much he has put into the role of managing director and the commitment he has had to the apprentices in his charge.
There will be many, many people wishing him a long and enjoyable retirement.’’