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Saturday, 14 February 2009


South Ayrshire Council apprentice joiner is national award finalist

A SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL 4th year apprentice joiner, Stuart Muir, has won through to the finals of the Association of Public Services Excellence (ASPE) Scotland Building and Housing Services Advisory Group Annual Apprentice of the Year Award.


[Pictured: Stuart Muir, a South Ayrshire Council 4th year apprentice joiner and finalist in the Association of Public Services Excellence (ASPE) Scotland Building and Housing Services Advisory Group Annual Apprentice of the Year Award.]

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Resources and Performance Portfolio Carrier at South Ayrshire Council said: “All Scottish local authorities can enter the Awards, which recognise the achievements of our tradespeople of the future.

“The Council invests in their apprentices by providing them with first-class training and employment initiatives in approved Craft and Modern Apprenticeship schemes.

“Stuart is a credit to the Council. To reach the finals of the Apprentice of the Year Award is a great achievement, and I wish him well in his future career.”

The Awards scheme is open to all recognised crafts and to candidates from all stages of training. Each entry is examined individually and assessed on its own merit. The Council’s Property and Design (Trading) nominated Stuart for the Awards. Stuart then had to prepare a submission based on one academic year, in Stuart’s case from August 2007 to July 2008. Stuart had to submit a portfolio containing:

* A detailed diary of work for the year.
* A full record of college and training centre achievements.
* Details of any Special Awards.
* 500 words written by him describing and detailing his progress, ambitions and objectives.
* References from on-site supervisors and college lecturers.
* Copies of relevant progress reports over the academic year.

Speaking about his nomination, Stuart Muir said: “I feel very honoured to have nominated by the Council for this award, and to have been put through to the finals.

“The training and encouragement that I have received from the Council, along with the instruction that I have received at College have been outstanding. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me, I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship and am looking forward to my career as a joiner.”

In January this year a member of the Awards judging panel visited South Ayrshire and interviewed Stuart and two of the tradesmen who have involved in Stuart’s training over the last year.

The next stage for Stuart is a final interview at the APSE Scotland Building and Housing Seminar which takes place at Peebles Hydro on 19 February 2009. The result of the Apprentice of the Year Award will be announced that evening at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

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