Mearns Academy are delighted to be working with the following placement providers for Foundation Apprenticeships:


“We apply practical solutions to help businesses reduce costs, unblock long timescale projects and remove waste that exists in many processes.

We harness the power of our clients’ internal experts to deliver quantifiable outcomes using Lean and Agile methods.”



Matrix, established in 1939, is a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial electromagnetic and hydraulic clutches and brakes. Matrix delivers high technology and cost-effective engineered solutions that meet challenging specific requirements globally.


“KR Group is a well-established, ethical construction company in the NE of Scotland.  We deliver quality steel and cladding services, products, and projects, and can assist you from design concept through to completion.  We are proud of our multi-generational team, which retains a feel of family at the heart of the business.  We have always engaged meaningfully with local schools, colleges and universities to offer quality work-based experiences and placements, recognising how important this is to help nurture growth in the future work force and hopefully ignite a spark of ambition along the way.  To find out more about what we do, check out our social media feeds or our website www.krgrp.co.uk


“The Options & Homeless Team are part of the Housing & Building Standards Service.  We sit within the Environment & Infrastructure services directorate of Aberdeenshire Council. We are responsible for the maintenance of the housing waiting list, allocating vacant properties and providing advice on housing options.  We provide a service to anyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness – trying to prevent it from occurring and providing temporary accommodation and support where it can’t be.”



“Aberdeen Harbour is located in Aberdeen’s busy city centre, and oversees more than 9,000 vessel arrivals each year. The port has been Europe’s premier energy port for more than 40 years, and is a lifeline ferry port for the Northern Isles. Aberdeen Harbour is building a £350 million expansion, which will be completed in 2022. The expansion will support significantly larger quayside operations and will accommodate vessels up to 300 metres in length.”





“Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. In North East Scotland we are currently delivering the renovation of Union Terrace Gardens, responsible for the operations and maintenance of the AWPR and are constructing a new substation in Peterhead for SSEN. Our North of Scotland office is based in Kintore, Aberdeenshire. Balfour Beatty are members of the 5% club which promotes recruitment of young people into apprentice, graduate and trainee roles and in March 2021 awarded Large Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Skills Development Scotland apprenticeship awards.”


“C&I Engineering Solutions

Engineering Consultants – An independent team of highly skilled engineers directly Supporting client facilities, operations and maintenance engineers in the delivery of Electrical, Control and Instrumentation work scopes from concept through to close out.”




“Aberdeen Foyer is local charity that supports the most vulnerable young people and adults in Aberdeen City and Shire.  We’re a well-established and networked organisation with a fantastic team of people doing amazing things to help support people out of poverty, homelessness and in into education/employability. At the heart of The Foyer we believe that enabling people who can move towards and into work actively supports a positive contribution to their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families and communities, reducing the impact of poverty.”




“From two families of master butchers comes one exceptional collaboration. For over 100 years, McIntosh Donald has been sourcing meat with integrity and standing proud over every serving of Scotch Beef and Lamb. Raised on open pastures, sourced from local farmers and hand-selected by our master butchers.”


“Luxury homebuilder, Bancon Homes is well known across the North East of Scotland where it has been operating for over 40 years.

Part of the Bancon Group, it currently has developments in Aberdeen, Banchory, Strathaven and Mintlaw and has an exceptional reputation for the quality of its workmanship and its design led approach.

Excellent customer service is at the heart of the company’s ethos and for the past four years Bancon Homes has won one of the building industry’s highest accolades for customer service, The In-House Gold Award for Customer Satisfaction. In addition to this, the company was given an Outstanding Award for the third year in a row, one of only a select number of housebuilders in the UK to achieve this.  These awards are directly influenced by home buyers and their level of customer satisfaction.”