The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Outgoing Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire Board Member
Celebrates Success of Trainee

A BOARD member of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire has marked his retirement from the position with a presentation to a young Modern Apprentice who has demonstrated great success.

Councillor David O’Neill has served the maximum term on the local enterprise company’s board, dedicating eight years of unpaid service. On leaving the position in May 2007, he made the decision to decline any traditional farewell gift and suggested that a hard-working and successful Ayrshire trainee should be recognised instead.

[Picture shows left to right: Councillor David O'Neill, leader of North Ayrshire Council, and car mechanic apprentice Craig Johnstone.]

A young car mechanic apprentice, Craig Johnstone, was identified by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire as a deserving candidate having shown remarkable progress in his short working life. Councillor O’Neill met with the apprentice earlier this week and presented him with a set of tools that will help him in his future career.

In February 2007, Craig started on the Get Ready for Work programme, a Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire training initiative that is aimed at young people who require additional support to enter work, education or training. He completed the programme successfully and quickly progressed to participating in a Modern Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, securing employment with Wm Clark Garage in Kilbirnie. His training is delivered through Ayrshire based training organisation, LAGTA.

Councillor O’Neill said: “As a board member you deal with high level strategic issues, so it is particularly nice in this instance to be able to see an individual like Craig taking advantage of the schemes on offer. These tools will enhance Craig’s chances of success at this important time in his career.”

[Picture shows left to right: Councillor David O'Neill, leader of North Ayrshire Council, car mechanic apprentice Craig Johnstone and Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire contracts manager Shirley Boyle.]

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire contracts manager Shirley Boyle said: “I would like to thank Councillor O’Neill for his commitment, drive and ambition as a member of our board. His generous and considerate decision to recognise the success of a trainee in the local community is typical of his approach to life.

“Modern Apprenticeships play a vital role by offering people the chance to work in a real job, earning a decent wage, while learning a skill and gaining a recognised qualification. Craig has shown outstanding progress in advancing from the Get Ready for Work programme to Modern Apprenticeship level and is a great example of a motivated and productive trainee. I wish him every success with his apprenticeship and his career ahead.”

Craig Johnstone (17) from Kilbirnie said: “I am delighted to receive this award, and aim to use these tools for many years to come. I want to thank everyone who has helped me get this far with my training.”

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire manages four training programmes: Get Ready for Work, Skillseekers, Modern Apprenticeships and Training for Work.

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