Awards Success

I’m very pleased to close the week with an update on more awards success for the City Council.

Pictured below is Colin Lemmon, youth worker based at Northfield Academy who recently won a prestigious national award for his outstanding work with local school pupils.

The Attainment Champion Award sponsored by Education Scotland recognises a youth worker who has shown incredible commitment in helping young people to achieve better outcomes and build skills and confidence.  The award was presented to Colin at the YouthLink Scotland National Youth Worker of the Year Awards ceremony in Glasgow.

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2016 10 March 2016 Picture: © Alan Rennie Photography

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2016
10 March 2016
Picture: © Alan Rennie Photography

Congratulations are also due to those members of the Council’s Social Work team who did such an incredible job in evacuating almost 100 care home residents threatened by flooding on the evening of 7th January.  Their efforts received a Highly Commended recognition at the recent Scottish Association of Social Workers awards ceremony held in Edinburgh.  Pictured below are Claire Wilkie, Katharine Paton and Jayne Boyle with the certificate presented to the team.


Honourable mentions are due too for Steven Shaw and the Environmental Services team who came close in the recent Keep Scotland Beautiful Local Environmental Quality Awards and Carol Smith and James Boulton of the Council’s Finance Team who were valiant runners-up in two different categories at last night’s CIPFA Scotland awards.

Well done to all.

The People’s Projects

Voting closes on 13th March for The People’s Projects

A partnership between ITV, the National Lottery and the Big Lottery Fund the award scheme offers community projects the opportunity to bid for up to £50,000.  Two of the five projects listed for the STV North area are based here in Aberdeen, take a look at the website and cast your vote!

Modern Apprenticeships

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week draws to a close I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight that HR colleagues, led by Bill Taylor, are championing the case for young people to be given the opportunity to work for the City Council.  Bill co-ordinates the Aberdeen Guarantees and the Career Ready initiatives.

One of the pledges the Council made as an employer in relation to Aberdeen Guarantees, was to develop Modern Apprenticeships.  They are a key feature of the Council’s strategic workforce plan and will play a vital role in achieving our aim to have a workforce with the skills and knowledge to sustain growth and diversify the City’s economy.

Bill is asking all services to examine the possibility of establishing Modern Apprenticeships within their teams.  If this is something you think could be done where you work in the Council drop Bill a line (he uses his Sunday name William in his e-mail address).