A JOHNSTONE teenager has been handed a role in a multi-million pound development project in his home town.

Bell Building Projects is co-ordinating the development at the historic Paton’s Mill site, which will see new homes, shops and a restaurant being created.

And 17-year-old William Thompson, from Corseford, is playing his part after being employed as an apprentice labourer.

Stuart Moncrieff, commercial director for Bell Building Projects, said: “We brought in William under the Adopt an Apprentice Scheme, reinforcing our commitment to apprenticeship sponsorship and progression within the industry.

“William transfers employment from the demise of Carillion, ably brokered by our training partner, TIGERS, led by Derek Johnstone.

“Additionally, William will be site based and, being a local lad, supports our further commitment to community benefits arising from our site works.”

Phase one of the scheme to build a supermarket, non-food retail unit and drive-thru at the former bootlace factory is scheduled for completion this summer.

Previous developments completed by Bell Building Projects include the Jaguar and Volvo car showrooms at Hillington and Braehead.