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Apprenticeship ceremony

Lanarkshire security apprentices recently completed their apprenticeships with New College Lanarkshire. Almost 40 Modern Apprenticeship students who have completed the Modern Apprenticeship in Electronic Fire and Security Systems at the college’s Motherwell Campus were presented with their certificates of achievement at a ceremony in front of employers, friends, family, staff and fellow students.

The apprentices completed three years, which combines theory and skills taught within the college with the practical workplace. Four students were granted special awards for their outstanding achievements.

Jack Cameron, 20, from Grangemouth was named Most Improved Apprentice, due to his work ethic, academic achievement and commitment to the apprenticeship, after beginning the course in 2013. Mark Hunter, 25, from Bailleston and Ross Wotherspoon, 25, from Motherwell, both apprentices with Eclipse in Dunfermline, were awarded for being the highest achievers in their class, with Graham Robertson Electrical apprentice, Martin Hannaway, 25, from Motherwell.

Mark was also named overall apprentice of the year, for his achievement across the three years. As a student and engineer, Mark was highlighted by his lecturers and employer for always going above and beyond the call of duty. All award winners received vouchers from college partner, Alarm Supplies, which provides fire and security equipment to see that the college’s apprenticeship programme stays relevant to industry. Sales Manager, Donny Hughes also presented an award at the ceremony.

Curriculum and Quality Leader David Scott said: “It is really important to ensure that the efforts of our apprentices are noticed and celebrated as they have worked so hard over the years combining workplace learning with their college work. All 39 of our apprentices have had their own individual journey to this point, facing their own challenges along the way. However making it to this point is a fantastic testament to their dedication and passion for their trade.

“I am confident that all our apprentices will go on to be excellent and reputable tradesmen and I’d like to thank all the employers that we work with in the College for giving them an opportunity that will help shape their future.”

Representatives from other employers also attended, including from the trade body the BSIA (British Security Industry Association), Honeywell Galaxy, Honeywell Gent, BT Redcare, Boston Networks, SPIE, CHUBB and Eclipse.

Pictured are left to right Mark Hunter, and Assistant Head of Faculty in Engineering, Danny Shearer.


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