Westhill apprentice scoops top award

A Westhill apprentice has been named a winner at this year’s NESCol Apprentice of the Year awards.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 7:00 am
Lisa Shaw

Lisa Shaw, who is an apprentice with NHS Grampian, won the 2021 Apprentice of the Year Engineering accolade.

North East Scotland College held an online celebration last week for more than 90 apprentices who recently completed their modern apprenticeship programmes over the last year.

Apprentices together with family, friends, employers, lecturers and assessors attended the online presentation and awards ceremony to formally recognise the achievement of the class of 2020/21 and find out the winners of the coveted NESCol Apprentice of the Year awards.

Principal Neil Cowie said: “A Modern Apprenticeship is a challenging journey and rightly so; howe ver, this past year has made it considerably harder.

"We are very thankful to you for your efforts in completing this important qualification despite the challenges and to your employers for making it possible.

“The North East is recognised as a great source for enterprising, industrious and innovative talent and there’s no doubt in my mind that amongst you all, this reputation is in safe hands.”

He added: “The region is well placed for economic recovery.”

Trainees from 17 different apprenticeship programmes successfully completed their qualification in 2021 despite the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

Director of Business Development Duncan Abernethy said: “A modern apprenticeship is a three-way partnership between the apprentice, employer and the College.

"We are grateful for the flexibility from all involved and the willingness to embrace new practices so that trainees have been able to continue and complete this vocational qualification.”

Now in its third year, the NESCol’s Apprentice of The Year awards were announced featuring a total of ten finalists across four award categories.

The awards, designed to acknowledge apprentices who have demonstrated excellence in their learning journey, featured shortlisted finalists from a pool of assessor nominations.