Daniel Pratt (20) from West Lothian, who works as an apprentice for Hewden Hire Edinburgh was presented with the accolade of Apprentice of the Year, as well as Plant Mechanics Year 2 Award. He was among 27 apprentices honoured at the prestigious ceremony, which was attended by industry representatives, local employers and friends and family.
The awards, which are in their 12th year, were organised by the National Construction College - the training division of CITB-ConstructionSkills - to recognise and reward the hard work, expert skill and determination of its apprentices.
The ceremony was opened by Judy Lowe, Deputy Chairman of CITB-ConstructionSkills and Andy Walder, Director of the National Construction College. Guest speaker, professional county and England cricketer, Geoff Miller, also captivated the audience with tales of his rise to success, through his career as an outstanding sportsman.
Andy Walder commented: “As Europe’s largest construction training provider we work closely with employers to meet their training needs, and pride ourselves on delivering specialist training that will give businesses a competitive edge to help them succeed and grow.
“Training and providing highly skilled apprentices, who are the life blood of our industry, forms part a key part of this, so we are delighted to gather here today to celebrate their achievements. Their apprenticeship, taught by highly skilled instructors in top-class facilities, will be the best introduction that they could wish for into our exciting sector. We wish them well and are confident they will go on to become the future success stories of our industry.”
Allen Robertson, Access Manager at the National Construction College Scotland, commented: “Our apprentices are testament to the fact that there are still good opportunities out there for young recruits and we call on local businesses to continue to support this vital pool of talent. Apprentices not only ensure that a loyal workforce is developed with the skills that your business needs, but they also help ensure that the industry avoids skills shortages in the future by securing talent now.”
With a long-standing reputation and experienced staff, the NCC is well placed to deliver the skills training needs of the Construction and Built Environment sector.
The NCC is Europe’s largest construction training provider, delivering quality and affordable courses at eight sites and additional training venues for up to 25,000 learners each year. The College works with employers to provide both bespoke and specialist training, in addition to producing a wide selection of first class learning materials to complement training courses.