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Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards 2018: ‘Passion shown by Inspirational Winners’

Judges of this year’s Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards (GMAA), run by Trades House, were extremely impressed with the skills shown by this year’s applicants, in particular their passion for their roles and determination to succeed.

Overall winner, Erin Tinney, joined the Technical Apprentice scheme at engineering services company Doosan Babcock, having been forced to give up studying for a BA in Music at Aberdeen University due to health problems.  Erin said: “Unfortunately due to ill health I was forced to reconsider my career path.  My successful transition to an engineering modern apprenticeship has been my greatest challenge and achievement to date.”

Erin is actively involved in STEM activities and plays a significant role in promoting ‘Women in Engineering’.  She is now undertaking an Open University Foundation Degree in Engineering.

Erin was chosen from eight finalists and presented with an inscribed trophy that will remain on display in the Trades Hall, home to the Trades House of Glasgow.  She also received a cheque for £1,000 and an inscribed Quaich.

The second prize and a cheque for £500 went to Andrew Finlayson, an Engineering Technician Apprentice with BAE Systems.  Matthew McKinley, an Apprentice Pipefitter also with BAE Systems was awarded third prize and a cheque for £250.

The winners of two new awards, which were introduced last year and once again sponsored by the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, were each presented with cheques for £500.  

The first of these was the ‘Community Engagement’ award, which went to Toni Lamont who undertook her Modern Apprenticeship with North Ayrshire Ranger Services, with whom she now works with as a Countryside Ranger.  Toni shows remarkable communication skills with both the public and her colleagues and her employee believes she is a real ambassador for the Service.

The ‘Overcoming Difficulties’ award was won by Christopher Tait, an apprentice painter and decorator with Dumbreck Decorators.  Christopher was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and also suffers from low confidence, to the extent that he didn’t believe he would be able to carry out the duties required as a modern apprentice. Dumbreck Decorators saw potential in him very early on, and Christopher was paired to train and work with a Senior Tradesman who is also dyslexic and has excelled in the industry.  Christopher now particularly likes working in schools, passing on advice to children with learning difficulties when he can.

The GMAA’s were presented last night (5 June) during an exciting ceremony at The Trades Hall in Glasgow with The Trades House Deacon Convener, Dr Alistair Dorward, in attendance.

Dr Dorward said: “All the finalists are incredibly impressive young people who have all shown real determination and tenacity to be so successful in their apprenticeships.  The range of industries the applications came from is really impressive: there are huge opportunities for modern apprentices today, which are a great way to learn and provide fantastic career opportunities.”

He continued: “The GMAA is a key element within Trades House’s new ‘Education Festival’ which launched on Monday.  This brings all the Trades House’s many education events together under one banner, to further strengthen our objective to support education in the City.”

Ken Dalgleish, co-ordinator of the GMAA, commented: “Every year we are amazed at the applicants to the GMAA and what they each accomplish.  These awards have been running for 12 years, and we believe they really celebrate modern apprentices today, whilst also motivating and inspiring people in their own pathway.” 

For further information about the GMAA or Trades House and its fourteen Incorporated Crafts, please contact claire.whyte@tradeshouse.org.uk . 

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