I want to take the opportunity to add my congratulations to those of last week’s Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee for four award-winning apprentices in the Council.
Kieran Smith, an apprentice blacksmith won the runner-up prize in the Best Fabrication and Welding Apprentice of the Year 2016 at Tullos Training College, this award is for the Fabrication & Welding apprentices who attend Tullos Training College in the first two years of their apprenticeship. When Doug Gibb spoke to his lecturer he said that “Kieran fully deserved the award for all the hard work he had put in over the two years at college”.
David Hutcheon, an apprentice plumber, won Best 2nd Year Plumbing Apprentice at Tullos Training College 2016, this award is for outstanding achievement in 2nd Year at College, David’s lecturer at college said “David fully deserved the award this year as he just missed out on the award for Best 1st Year Plumber last year” which was won by another Aberdeen City Council Apprentice, he said he is expecting David to push next year for the 3rd Year award.
Craig Paterson, another apprentice plumber won Best 3rd Year Plumbing Apprentice at Tullos Training College 2016, which included Craig gaining his Gas Fitting Certificate. Craig’s lecturer at college said “Craig’s standard of work was one of the best we have ever seen and this is the standard we have come to expect from him over his training programme”. It was for this reason Craig also won the JFD Achievement Award 2016, this award is for an apprentice’s entire time at college.
Graeme Baird, an apprentice electrician won the APSE Scottish Building & Housing 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year 2016, this follows on from him winning the award for APSE Scottish Building & Housing 1st Year Apprentice of the Year 2015. Graeme won Best Electrical Apprentice every year during his time at Tullos Training College and was Runner-up in the APSE UK Apprentice of the Year 2015.
Graeme and Craig have now submitted portfolios to the APSE UK Apprentice of the Year awards 2016 so fingers crossed for them.
A special mention should also go to apprentice plumber Michael Spence who was a Runner-Up at the APSE Scottish Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016 and apprentice joiner Sean Farquhar who won a 4th place at the Scottish Association of Timber Trade Teachers Competition at South Lanarkshire College.
Excellent news all round and a special mention for Doug Gibb who does so much to support and encourage the Council’s team of apprentices.