Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards

The Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards 2017 (GMAA)  took place on the  6 June  at an exciting ceremony  at The Trades Hall in Glasgow, with the Lord Provost, Eva  Bolander and The Trades House Deacon Convener, Keith Brown, in attendance. 

Keith Brown said; "Young people are sometimes criticised  for being work shy: the Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards  have  shown the  opposite to be true, with eight incredibly motivated and hardworking finalists exhibiting real dedication and skill in their specialist areas." 

Winner of the first prize Daniel Barr  (25) who is undertaking his apprenticeship at PBR Services and is about to start his final year at South Lanarkshire College, was  presented with  an inscribed trophy  that will remain on display in the Trades Hall, home to the Trades House of Glasgow.  The judges felt that  Daniel, from Govan showed  enormous determination and self-progression, overcoming challenges and - as Daniel himself said - a lack of opportunity. He is, the judges noted, a fantastic  role model for other young people.  Daniel  also  received a cheque for £1,000 and an inscribed Quaich. 

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The second prize and a cheque for £500 went   to Matthew Cochrane of Doosan Babcock, with John   Mcfarlane of YES Works Ltd   being awarded third prize and a cheque for £250. 

In a surprise announcement two new awards were introduced: 'Community Engagement' and 'Overcoming Difficulties' sponsored by the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow.   Leanne McDowall  who is doing her apprenticeship with Alex  Begg & Co  won the Community Engagement award after showing excellence in  her extra curricular charity work and encouragement of others to participate.   Jaspreet Rai was awarded the Overcoming Difficulties prize because  he faced long-term rejection when applying for jobs, ultimately offering to work for nothing until Arnold Clark took him on as an apprentice. 

Ken  Dalgleish, co-ordinator of the GMAA, commented; "We  were incredibly impressed with the high standard of entries this year.  The apprentices were from a diverse range of businesses, from the care industry to heavy engineering."    

Ken continued; "More and more young  people today are undertaking  apprenticeship programmes because they provide such great career opportunities and, unlike further education an income whilst you learn key skills.    The GMAA, which has been running since 2006, celebrates these young people  and their commitment to their own    development, whilst also  providing motivation to  apprentices in Glasgow and the West of Scotland to excel  in their chosen vocation."