Recruitment: EVERY ONE A WINNER!; They Are from All Walks of Life but Have One Thing in Common Success. They Are the Top Apprentices in Scotland Who, Together with Their Colleges, Employers and Training Providers, Have Achieved the Highest Standards in a Wide Range of Employment Opportunities
THE cream of Scotland's talented young apprentices and their employers gathered in Edinburgh last week to be honoured for their achievements.
The Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards, sponsored by the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, mark the efforts of the many training providers, colleges, employers and employees who are involved in the Modern Apprenticeship scheme.
The scheme, managed by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, gives apprentices the opportunity to train while in paid employment.
The awards were presented by Lewis Macdonald, Deputy Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Minister, who praised the nominees for the high standards they have achieved.
The winners were:Archie Henderson, Paisley Apprentice Achievement (continuing personal development) and Outstanding Achievement Award. OPENING a mummy's coffin, lifting snakes or handling a priceless coin collection it's all in a day's work for Archie Henderson.
Archie is a Modern Apprentice at Glasgow's Hunterian Museum, where he works with the coin collection, but he also has other duties, such as opening the sarcophagus of the museum's Egyptian mummy or handling snakes.
Archie said: ``I'm extremely privileged to work in such a unique environment as there are always extraordinary things happening in and around the museum.''
Elaine Tomal, Aberdeenshire Apprentice Achievement (outstanding contribution to the workplace) FORMER beauty therapist Elaine is looking for a career in bookkeeping and business management after switching to a new job.
Elaine was one of the first employees at Tarland-based AB Bookkeeping and Training Services in April 2000 and has risen to the post of business manager in just two years.
Soon after joining the company, she enrolled in a Modern Apprenticeship in Administration. She said: ``It's great to be part of a company which is goingplaces. I've enjoyed the responsibility that I've been given.''
Barry Vallance, Glasgow Apprentice Achievement (overcoming difficulties) ACHIEVING a Modern Apprenticeship has been a monumental success for Barry Vallance, who has battled with learning difficulties.
The turning point came in 1995 when he moved into Cosgrove Care's supported living accommodation, where he secured a position in the kitchen at Cosgrove Care House.
In 2000, Barry joined the Cosgrove Care charity shop in Glasgow and completed an SVQ level 3 in customer service at Paisley's Reid Kerr College, then started a Modern Apprenticeship.
Morven Anderson, Cosgrove's retail development manager, said: ``Barry is one of our greatest success stories and is a very special person.''
Easterton Stables, East Dunbartonshire Employer (Small)WHEN it comes to working at Easterton Stables, being a Modern Apprentice counts for more than a purely academic qualification. …