Apprentice Greats

  • Across the country, there are individuals who make a difference to the lives and careers of apprentices.
  • Instructors, mentors, training providers, business owners and equality champions are among the many people supporting growth and diversity in apprenticeships.
  • Help us to recognise and celebrate those who contribute to the success of apprenticeships in Scotland.

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The Apprentice Greats inductees


Latest inductee, Jim McColl OBE, is a former apprentice who has now become a global industry business leader.

Joining Weir Pumps of Cathcart as a 16-year-old engineering apprentice, he progressed on to gain a degree, achieve an MBA and then obtained a Master’s degree in International Accounting and Finance.

Notable achievements in his career has included the development of Clyde Blowers, which included the purchase of Weir Pumps, where his career began.

In 2016, Clyde Blowers Capital bought Ferguson Marine Engineering, investing in the shipyard and boosting the workforce.

Jim has never forgotten about the impact his apprenticeship had on his career and offers apprenticeship opportunities to men and women across his businesses.


"My apprenticeship instilled in me an appetite for learning and education.

As long as you're prepared to put in the work, we will do what we can to make you as successful as you want to be." - Jim McColl OBE

Nominate an Apprentice Great

We want your nominations! If you know someone who you think should be recognised, tell us about them and their contribution to apprenticeships in Scotland. 


Nominees have achieved across one or more of these areas:

1. Individual success through apprenticeship

2. Significant contribution to apprenticeships in Scotland

3. Supporting diversity and inclusion.


We'll announce the next inductees during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019, from 4 – 8 March.

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