Joe’s career goes from strength to strength since winning big at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards
8 May 2017
Civil Engineer Joe Smith says winning Apprentice of the
Year and Higher Level Apprentice of the Year has had a huge impact
on his career and has been a massive boost to his
Shetland Islander Joe wants to ensure other young people have
the same experience and is urging employers, training providers and
apprentices to get their entries in for this year's awards.
The 22-year-old had a weekend job as a ground worker with
Lerwick-based concrete specialists Tulloch Developments while he
was still at school before starting his apprenticeship in civil
engineering. Joe is now one of the firm's most respected civil
Since his win, Joe has taken on more responsibility while
working as part of the management team tasked with delivering a
highly technical project within a live gas processing plant, as
well as opportunities to promote apprenticeships.
Joe said: "The experience of even being nominated was huge for
me. To have such support and recognition from my employers
reinforced the feeling that I'm on the right track and I'm doing
the right things.
"I'm so glad I chose to do an apprenticeship rather than go to
University. Learning on the job every single day has been really
valuable to me, as has the publicity surrounding the win which has
led to great opportunities for networking.
"I would encourage all employers, training providers and
apprentices to make sure they get their entries in before the
Joe's girlfriend Clare Farmer who was also a finalist in last
year's awards continues to do well, currently undertaking her Level
4 Modern Apprenticeship in Accountancy.
The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards recognise achievements of
individuals and employers involved in apprenticeships.
There are 10 categories including Apprentice Ambassador of the
Year, Level 2, 3 and higher Apprentices of the Year as well as
awards for micro, SME, large and public sector employers.
One individual category winner will be named Scotland's
Apprentice of the Year.
Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Thursday 16
November at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
Entries are open now, with full details on www.apprenticeships.scot/awards
and a deadline of Wednesday 28 June.
Source - Skills Development Scotland