Scottish Apprenticeship Awards


2017 winners

Apprentice Ambassador of the Year

Modern Apprentice Anna stands in front of a plane at the National Museum of Flight

Anna Manson

When Anna Manson of Prestwick’s Spirit AeroSystems spoke to primary pupils about her engineering apprenticeship, it lead to her becoming the face of a national campaign.

Her image has also been used in Spirit AeroSystems promotions and the 22-year-old has taken part in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) campaigns including ‘This Ayrshire Girl Can’.

She said: 'I got the chance to do work experience at Spirit AeroSystems, learned about apprenticeships and realised I wanted to become an engineer.'

Anna, from Monkton, also completed her HNC and HND in Aeronautical Engineering.

She loves being part of the Primary Engineering initiative that involves visiting primary schools and bringing engineering to life through practical skills and fun projects.

Foundation Apprentice of the Year

Shane Odie

Shetland Islander Shane Odie found out about Foundation Apprenticeships at a talk given by a Skills Development Scotland careers adviser.

The idea of learning while getting practical experience instantly appealed to the Lerwick 18-year-old who had been considering careers in engineering and joinery.

'I am glad I went for the engineering Foundation Apprenticeship because as soon as I started, I knew I had made the right choice for me,' he explained.

The former Anderson High pupil enjoyed the mix of school, college-based learning and work experience. One of his work experience placements was at Ocean Kinetics.

Shane had always wanted to work at the Lerwick company and was 'over the moon' when he was offered a Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in engineering this September.

Apprentice of the Year - Level 2

Rosie Wilkins

Rosie Wilkins can run a dinner service on her own, apply precise attention to detail when checking a bedroom and cook breakfast singlehandedly for 30 people.

The Welsh 22-year-old came to The Torridon two years ago and discovered that this is what she has always wanted to do.

She said: 'I have lots of new skills and this experience has given me a well-rounded knowledge of the industry.'

Rosie completed her Level 2 Hospitality apprenticeship and has started her Level 3 qualification.

She was awarded a scholarship and went behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, the 02 arena and HMS Belfast.

Rosie said: 'The best part of my job is making people happy. I want to make people’s stay extra special and exceed their expectations.'

Apprentice of the Year - Level 3

Jack Moran

Software developer Jack Moran described the amount he has learned over two years of his Modern Apprenticeship as 'phenomenal'.

Jack, from Polmont, works for multi-national banking and financial services company J. P. Morgan, where he is part of the Global Technology division.

The former St Mungo’s High pupil applied for a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications.

Jack said: 'I’ve always had a strong interest in technology and through the apprenticeship programme I was exposed to lots of different areas, learning all the time.'

The 25-year-old completed his apprenticeship and a HND at New College Lanarkshire earlier this year, before starting a Graduate Level Apprenticeship at Glasgow Caledonian University

He said: 'In two years time, I will have an honours degree combined with four years work experience. I’ve learned so much.'

Apprentice of the Year - Level 4 and above

Lisa Daniel

On leaving Dalkeith’s St David’s High School with seven Highers, Lisa Daniel was undecided about what she wanted to do.

As a Modern Apprentice with global aerospace, defence and security company Leonardo, Lisa’s career path could not be clearer.

'Leonardo appealed to me because I was looking for a career that would interest and challenge me,' said the 25-year-old.

Lisa recently completed her four-year engineering apprenticeship. Learning both at college and from her highly skilled colleagues has contributed to Lisa’s job satisfaction.

She has spoken at science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events.

Lisa said: 'It is good to tell young people in school they don’t have to go to university to gain a career and qualifications and let them know they have options.'

Micro Employer of the Year

Boiler and Valve Engineering LTD

The specialist engineering firm recruited two apprentices in one year because of its belief in the value they bring to the business. Managing director Andrew Macdonald believes apprentices bring energy and enthusiasm that can only benefit his business, which provides maintenance services for major distilleries and public sector organisations across Scotland.

SME Employer of the Year

J K Thomson

Modern Apprenticeships at a Musselburgh fish processing firm has led to employees having more confidence in what they do, more job satisfaction and more opportunities to progress.

'Adopting Modern Apprenticeships has exceeded all of our initial expectations,' said quality assurance manager Enoch Robinson.

Enoch feels apprenticeships have contributed to employees having 'a new take' on the business as well as greater enthusiasm and a willingness to take on new ideas.

The increase in technical skills has been a key factor in the company’s success. An original order of three product lines from a leading supermarket has grown to 16 and many more are in development.

Around 85% of J K Thomson’s workforce are Modern Apprentices and this figure will rise to 95% over the next year.

Large Employer of the Year

BAE Systems Naval Ships

A Clydeside employer takes pride in developing the next generation of shipbuilders through apprenticeships.

In the last decade, BAE Systems Naval Ships has recruited more than 700 Modern Apprentices on the River Clyde - covering a range of craft and technician frameworks.

The company’s head of early careers and skills Graeme Whiteford said: 'Our business has a proud heritage. We pride ourselves on giving apprentices a whole new set of skills when they join us. We see apprentices as our future workforce and believe in their potential.'

The company invests around £90k in each of its apprentices over three to four years but research has shown that each apprentice makes a productive contribution of £47k over the same period.

Public Sector Employer of the Year

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Four years ago, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde launched its Modern Apprenticeship programme with the aim of attracting and growing its own talent.

Since then, it has recruited 162 apprentices in 14 different types of apprenticeships.

Workforce employability lead Laura McKie believes apprenticeships provide a first class work-based learning package to attract, train and retain young people.

She said: 'Apprenticeships provide us with skilled and competent staff, help us to develop young talent and help workforce diversity, which in some areas is staffed by the over 45s.'

'Then we are better able to provide a better service to our very diverse group of patients and have the right employee, with the right skills, at the right place, at the right time.'

Promoting Diversity Employer of the Year

Mitie Property Management

Mitie Property Management realised it needed more flexible interview methods in order to recruit a more diverse workforce.

This led to the creation of the ‘Think Differently’ programme.

Mitie’s head of learning and development Mark McCafferty said Mitie is now challenging perceptions of disabilities and giving valuable work experience to people with disabilities.

The programme will see around 60 candidates from across the UK given the chance to take part in a 12-week programme.

The candidates, provided by Remploy and the National Autistic Society, will be placed in roles suited to their skills sets – such as painting, joinery or administration.

Each candidate will be paired with a coach, who will offer a friendly face and help if needed, before starting an eight-week work experience placement.