James’s life as a council mechanic

James McTaggart from Uist is a great example of someone who has worked their way up the ranks with the council and loves his job as a mechanic.

James started his career as an apprentice mechanic at the Council’s Millpark depot in Oban when he was just 17. He travelled to Glasgow for two months to complete his training over a three-year period. Just five years later, he is now a qualified HGV mechanic based at Jackson’s Quarry.

James has also gained his Class 2 driving licence and is certified to operate a telehandler and other elevated platforms, such as a cherry picker.

Talking about the job, he said: “I’d highly recommend a job as a mechanic with the council. Fleet services is a great, hard-working and fun department.

There’s great team morale and if you’re ever stuck the other depots are always happy to lend a hand or offer advice down the phone.

Working for the council has lots of perks but the best ones are definitely the good hours, the opportunities to gain other qualifications while in the job, and career progression.”