More top awards for Council apprentices

Archived news: published on Friday 20 Oct 2017 by Fife Council

2017 APSE awards

2017 APSE awards

Lewis McKerchar, an apprentice Plasterer with Fife Council, has scooped another top award for his skills.


Having picked up the Council’s Building Services Apprentice of the Year award last month he has since gone on to be crowned the winner at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Housing and Building Apprentice Awards for 2017.


The prestigious awards celebrate the progress and achievements of the best apprentices from over 300 local authorities across the UK.  The Housing and Building Apprentice award category ‘Building Skills’ was presented to Lewis after he had excelled in every aspect of his traditional building craft.

The awards allow APSE to recognise and honour the commitment that these apprentices show towards their work, as well as the undeniably excellent contribution they make towards local frontline services.


The awards also highlight councils as excellent places for young people to begin and develop their careers. Other Fife Council apprentices also receiving merits were Quantity Surveyor Stephanie Ewan (Non-trade Apprentice) and Electrician Allan Trolland (Mechanical & Electrical).


APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said: “The work of these apprentices underlines how important apprenticeship schemes are and how much local councils can gain from participating in them. All of our finalists are shining examples of excellence in local government frontline services and should be extremely proud of their achievements. With the support of innovative councils who value workforce development, I have no doubt that each finalist has a bright future ahead.”


Ross Grieve, Service Manager for Building Services apprentice recruitment team, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for three of our apprentices to reach the finals. I was very proud of them all.


“The icing on the cake was Lewis being out right winner of his category. Building Services apprentice scheme has been successful in the past at both regional and national levels. The awards validate our investment in the coveted apprenticeship scheme, ensuring the apprentices receive the best possible training.”


Cllr Judy Hamilton, is also the Chair of the APSE National Advisory Group on 'Housing, Construction & Building Maintenance', and presented at the awards.  She added: “I was delighted to present the Awards that recognise apprentices across the UK - and especially proud that Lewis was the winner in the Building Skills category.


“It's an honour to congratulate him and to see Allan and Stephanie recognised too. It demonstrates that in Fife, we are committed to our apprenticeship programme and delivering the skills for the workforce of the future.” 



Group pic caption L-R: Allan Trolland, Stephanie Ewan, Cllr Judy Hamilton and Lewis McKerchar.


Ross Grieve, Service Manager - Commercial 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 32 73 Fax: 01592 583187 Contact Ross Grieve online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

Judy Hamilton, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 26 65 17 Contact Judy Hamilton online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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