Apprentice joiner nails top spot

Aberdeen joiner Liam Gibson has been named Apprentice of the Year 2015 by his employer, Barratt Homes.

The 19-year-old received the title for the excellent workmanship he has demonstrated while training with the award-winning Barratt Academy, which aims to produce tradesmen with skills and knowledge above and beyond the requirements of a standard apprenticeship.

Liam is completing his apprenticeship while working with Barratt Homes at its hugely popular Barclay Grange development in Newmachar, and attending North East Scotland College, in Altens, Aberdeen, on a day-release basis.

He said: “Receiving the Barratt Homes Apprentice of Year Award is an enormous privilege and I would like to thank everyone that has helped me accomplish this great achievement.

Liam Gibson

“I really enjoy spending time on the site with the team while also being able to attend college.

“I would highly recommend the Barratt Homes Apprenticeship Programme to anyone that is ambitious and looking to learn a trade within the building or construction sector. The help and support offered is fantastic and many of the mentors have worked their way up after starting with the programme themselves.”

Construction director of
Barratt Homes North Scotland, David Stewart, oversees the development
of Barratt Homes’ apprentices in North Scotland.

He said: “Liam has done exceptionally well over the last few years and I look forward to seeing how he continues to advance as a tradesman.

“It’s important that we encourage young people to consider employment in the construction and building sector, which is set to experience massive growth in the coming years.

“The industry offers a wide range of lucrative career opportunities, yet it is calling out for new talent.

“We are actively working to build a strong workforce for the future, which is why we have placed such great importance on developing our excellent apprenticeship programme.”

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