Inverness College University of the Highlands and Islands student Greg Lawrence has received the Willie Printie Prize. The award was given at the institution’s graduation celebrations after he excelled during his route from apprenticeship to full-time employment with LifeScan Scotland.
The 22-year-old began with the company as an apprentice engineer. He successfully studied Scottish Vocational Qualifications and an HNC before progressing to studying a Bachelor of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Degree.
Greg, from Grantown on Spey, said: “I’m delighted and honoured that my name was put forward for the Willie Printie Prize.
“My apprenticeship was quite a steep learning curve straight out of school but provided some great life learning to complement my degree.
“When you are sitting in front of an interview panel, life skills and experience are the things that really help make you stand out and I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve received.”
After Greg’s apprenticeship ended, LifeScan Scotland was so impressed that he was offered a job as a quality engineering analyst while completing the final year of his studies on a part-time basis at Inverness College, University of the Highlands and Islands.
Diane Rawlinson, principal and chief executive at Inverness College University of the Highlands and Islands, said: “Greg is a deserving recipient of the Willie Printie Prize after his considerable achievements on the way to obtaining full-time employment.
“The award is given to a University of the Highlands and Islands engineering student who entered on a Modern Apprenticeship programme and pursued their academic studies to degree level.
“Greg has consistently applied himself to all aspects of his apprenticeship. The company gave him the opportunity to extend his studies and he grabbed it with both hands, displaying all the qualities necessary to succeed in a career in the modern, dynamic engineering industry.”
For more information on engineering courses at Inverness College University of the Highlands and Islands, log on to www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk