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Scottish Apprenticeship Award Hopefuls

Apprentices, a local authority, a housing association and small, large and multi-national companies are finalists in the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The Awards include finalists in the newly-created Foundation and Graduate categories and will take place Thursday 3 November at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Glasgow-based financial services apprentices Monisha Sandhu and Marta Zalewska and Connor Waldron, a vehicle maintenance apprentice from West Lothian are finalists in category for Foundation Apprenticeships, which gives young people the chance to learn the skills they need for the future while still at school.

Finalists in the Apprentice of the Year Level 2 category include financial services and accountancy apprentice Clare Jane Farmer from the Shetland Islands, ceiling fixer apprentice Dean Morgan of Alness and Active School apprentice Murrie Robertson from Kilmarnock.

Creative and Digital Media apprentice Daisy Smith, from Laurencekirk joins Glasgow-based social services children and young people apprentice Collette Cassidy and BAE Systems Naval Ships engineering technician apprentice Fraser Clark in the Apprentice of the Year Level 3 category.

Edinburgh hospitality worker Rachael Polley, Midlothian project management apprentice Cara Bullock and construction apprentice Joe Smith, from the Shetland Islands are finalists in the Higher Level Apprenticeship category.

Sean Melville, an Inverness-based civil engineer, Carla Fulton, who is manager of a Bishopton nursery and Sophie Ewen, a business and administration apprentice from Aberdeen, are all hoping for a win in the Apprentice Ambassador category.

Finalists in the Micro Employer of the Year category for organisations with ten or fewer employees include Scaffold Orkney and Maclean Construction, Gairloch.

Moray’s Tulloch of Cummingston, Port Glasgow’s Ferguson Marine and Livingston’s WGM Engineering are the finalists in the SME Employer of the Year category for organisations with less than 250 employees.

Contenders in the Large Employer of the Year category, for organisations with more than 250 employees, include Lloyds Banking Group, BT and Scottish Sea Farms.

Finalists in the Public Sector Employer of the Year are Orkney Housing Association, Renfrewshire-based Scotland Excel and City Building LLP, Glasgow.

City Building is also a finalist in the Promoting Diversity Employer of the Year category with Falkirk Council and BAE Systems Naval Ships.

SDS’s Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the incredible commitment shown by employers and apprentices. It is great to welcome finalists in the new categories for Foundation and Graduate apprentices, which are recent additions to Scotland’s apprenticeship family.

I want to congratulate all the individuals on reaching the finals and showcasing the tremendous talent and benefits apprentices bring to the country’s workplaces as well as the employer finalists who wholeheartedly support apprenticeships.”

Find out more about apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.scot.