Local apprentices pick up awards

John Penny (left) and Shaun Irvine (right) with their North East Scotland Construction Craft Awards
John Penny (left) and Shaun Irvine (right) with their North East Scotland Construction Craft Awards

Two local apprentices have been recognised for their hard work and skills at the recent North East Scotland Construction Crafts Ceremony.

Bricklaying apprentice Shaun Irvine from Monymusk, won the Stage One Award. Shaun is employed by A & J Forsyth. Also awarded was Carpentry and Joinery apprentice, John Penny from Oldmeldrum, who won the Stage Two Award and the Grampian Building Employers Trophy. John is employed by JD Penny Ltd.

Shaun and Jon were presented their awards by Heather Farquhar, Aberdeen City Council Senior Officer, Employability Skills and Community Enterprise at the ceremony attended by family, friends employers and lecturers.

Pat Cromar, Faculty Manager at North East Scotland College welcomed the young professionals and said, “Shaun is a quiet, young lad with a great attitude who takes immense pride in his work. Throughout his first year, Shaun was very consistent in the quality of work he produced, both in practical and theory.”

She continued, “John demonstrated his ability throughout first year ans did not let it wane in second year. He is a very intelligent and skilled student and sailed through his apprenticeship. John also curls for Scotland, a pastime which often means he missed a day or so at College, but he still managed to catch up with the work, and was often ahead of his peers despite the time off. John is a very pleasant lad to work with and will continue to do well in whatever direction he chooses to go.”

Prizes were also presented to those studying plumbing and painting and decorating.