Deeside joiner wins top apprentice award

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Deeside joiner Dominic Clutterbuck has been crowned Scotland’s SBATC Adult Craft Apprentice of the Year at a special ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Clutterbuck is an apprentice joiner with Bancon Construction, based at Crathes. A past winner of the Aberdeen College Apprentice of the Year Award, Dominic, 28, began an adult apprenticeship in joinery in August 2009, having previously completed an HND in Furniture, Design & Make.

During the first year of his apprenticeship, Dominic was also awarded the Gordon Burns Award for his drawings. For a practical project during his second year at college, he produced an outstanding bedside cabinet out of oak and sycamore wood, which went on display at this year’s Aberdeen College Awards ceremony.

Now in its twelfth year, the SBATC Apprenticeship Awards scheme is unique in recognising the talents of Scottish construction apprentices working in the traditional craft trades such as joinery, plastering and bricklaying.

Dominic Clutterbuck’s local constituency MSP Maureen Watt, who represents Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, said: “I’m delighted that someone from the local area has been named Scotland’s Adult Craft Apprentice of 2011. Dominic is clearly a well-mannered, conscientious and level-headed individual who I am sure will progress and excel within the construction industry. He is a credit to Bancon Group.”