Matthew Murdoch

HR Training Administrator  

Matthew Murdoch joined TIGERS Employability Fund programme in September 2017 referred by Skills Development Scotland, progressed to SVQ Business and Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship in October 2017…. 


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Can you tell me what a typical day for you looks like at SWGR Construction Services 

I am currently working with SWGR as an HR Training Administrator. I am responsible for all aspects of training. We have several departments who all require training. A typical day for me would include calling various training companies in Scotland and England to source dates and to get the best available price then booking the training for all departments.  The training is required year-round and I am always kept busy due to the amount of training required and keeping in contact with all the departments. I am also responsible for updating our training spreadsheet which keeps a record of all the training being done throughout the year. I also file all training results and competency cards into the delegates’ files. I have recently been made responsible for our new HR System Cascade so I keep all of the training records for our staff and operatives up to date and help with any queries people have with the system. I also help create new screens and workflows.  

How did you find the transition from TIGERS Employability Fund programme to starting your Apprenticeship at SWGR Construction Services? 

The transition was relatively smooth. TIGERS developed my interview techniques during the Employability Fund programme. When I went for the interview with SWGR, I was accepted for a placement opportunity the next day. I started my placement the following week and with my background training in Business Skills at TIGERS, I settled in smoothly. I had regular reviews with my Trainer and Assessor helping me to achieve my SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 6). I knew if I had any problems, I could always ask TIGERS, although I didn’t experience any, they were there to offer support.  

‘I knew if I had any problems, I could always ask TIGERS, although I didn’t experience any, they were there to offer support.’ 

What have you learned from TIGERS and SWGR Construction Services? 

I was with TIGERS for 3 weeks before moving out to a work placement. I learnt the importance of building relationships and enjoyed the tasks allocated to myself.  

I would say my communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team has improved. Plus, how to work towards meeting a deadline, finishing work on time and up to a high standard. I have learnt the importance of being well organised and self-believing 

Sharon O’Hara, HR Advisor at SWGR Construction Services, provided insight into Matthew’s journey so far… 

Matthew arrived at SWGR with great potential and already held some of the key skills we were looking for. Throughout his Apprenticeship Matthew has thrived by building upon these skills whilst gaining industry knowledge and is now a valued member of our team and plays a huge role in the success of our HR training department. 

‘Throughout his Apprenticeship Matthew has thrived by building upon these skills whilst gaining industry knowledge and is now a valued member of our team and plays a huge role in the success of our HR training department’