Tom Gregory of Prospero Facilities Services has been named Craft Apprentice of the Year in the Scottish HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement, during a ceremony held at the headquarters of B&ES Scotland at Bush Estate, Midlothian.
Mr Gregory, who also came top in this year’s Service and Maintenance Apprentice of the Year category, received his trophy – the David Kettles Cup – from Bruce Bisset, president of the Building & Engineering Services Association.
In introducing the awards, Mr Bisset reminded his audience that the sector had experienced yet another challenging year, so he was pleased to be able to report a small increase in the numbers of apprentices recruited across Scotland “from around 90 last year to 100 this year”.
“I’d like to think that this shows a growing level of confidence among employers, which can only be good news for all of us in building engineering services,” said the president, although he acknowledged that “we certainly won’t be returning to previous levels of employment overnight”.
The Scottish Government’s target was to deliver 25,000 modern apprenticeships annually, and he confirmed that his sector would be playing its part in this process.