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LOCALS HOPING FOR AWARDS SUCCESS - Moray apprenticeship finalists named

Article Date: 2015-11-09

A young engineer and a fish and chip shop are among the finalists in Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.


Steen Durno and the Fochabers Fish Bar are hoping for success in the Awards, which are organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Former Buckie High School pupil Steen works for Mark Garrick Tractors in Elgin, where his employer says he is the best apprentice he has ever had. The 19-year-old is a finalist in the Level 3 category of the Awards. 

Steen has always helped his Dad and brother with mechanical jobs around their house and farm and wanted a hands-on job. He loves the variety of his work which can involve working on today’s state-of-the-art tractors or rebuilding engines on early 1970s models. 

Hoping for a win in the Micro Employer category, for workplaces with less than 10 employees, is the team at Fochabers Fish Bar. 

Former RAF aircraft engineer Darren Boothroyd has used Modern Apprenticeships to help transform his local chippie into a thriving business.

Customer service is the main focus at the fish bar which now has three members of staff with Level 3 and Level 2 qualifications, with another on her way to completing a Level 2 apprenticeship.

Darren said: "For our staff, having a Modern Apprenticeship shows that they have something to contribute and gives them the confidence of having a national qualification and a high degree of pride in what they do.”

The Awards, which take place on Wednesday 18 November, in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms have been partnered by CGI, CITB, SQA, the City of Edinburgh Council, Diageo, Eastern Exhibition and Display and GTG Training.

SDS’s Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: "Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards recognise the commitment to training show by employers and employees across the country. It’s this continued commitment that will see the number of Modern Apprenticeship places increase each year from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2020.”

He added: "Steen and Fochabers Fish Bar are great examples of the benefits Modern Apprenticeships bring to individuals, organisations, businesses and the wider economy. All the finalists are to be congratulated for their achievements so far. The judges are certainly going to have a difficult task picking the winners.”

November will also see Modern Apprentices visit secondary schools across the country as part of SDS’s drive to encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships as a career path.

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