BOSSES at building giants Cruden have announced plans to take on more than 40 workers in Inverclyde.

They are looking for qualified tradespeople to help build more than 200 new homes in the district over the next three years.

Cruden Building and Renewals have the contract from River Clyde Homes to build at Slaemuir Avenue in Port Glasgow, plus James Watt Dock and in the south west of Greenock.

Paul Boland, human resources manager for the company, spoke to the Telegraph at an apprenticeships jobs fair at Greenock Town Hall.

He said: “We are looking for tradespeople such as joiners and bricklayers. 

“We have vacancies for 40 people.

“It’s good news for the area.”

Two local joiners have already been snapped up by the company to start work on Monday.

The firm has also taken on four labourers and cleaners to work at the sites.

In addition, Cruden is also offering four apprenticeships through Inverclyde Community Development Trust, starting in August.

All the firm’s apprentices are encouraged to go further and aim for a university degree.

Mr Boland said: “The apprenticeship will last four years and be based locally.

“Once the work is finished here, and if apprentices prove themselves, they will complete their final year in Glasgow.”