Inverurie apprentices are top of the class

Construction awards: Bancon Construction employee, Mark Allan (right) won the Stage One award Graeme Penny (left) won the Stage Two award and the Grampian Building Employers Trophy.
Construction awards: Bancon Construction employee, Mark Allan (right) won the Stage One award Graeme Penny (left) won the Stage Two award and the Grampian Building Employers Trophy.

Two talented Inverurie apprentices collected awards at the recent Aberdeen College Construction Crafts Ceremony supported by family, friends, employers and lecturers.

Bricklaying apprentice Mark Allan (38) won the Stage One award. Mark is employed by Bancon Construction Ltd based in Banchory. Also awarded was Carpentry and Joinery student Graeme Penny (20) who won the Stage Two award and the Grampian Building Employers Trophy.

David Brooks, Sector Manager at Aberdeen College and Chairman of the Awards Committee said, “Both apprentices excel in their fields of work. Mark is hard working, has a good attitude and takes great pride in his work. He’s willing to listen and learn, and is progressing well in his new working life.”

Continuing, he said: “Graeme works for the family business, JD Penny of Oldmeldrum. Graeme picked up the first year award and has continued to develop his skills. Now in the Advanced Craft Carpentry and Joinery course, his confidence and focus has served him well when he represented the college at the end of his second year in a national competition (S.A.T.T.) for apprentice joiners, managing to take third place. He displays an exemplary attitude in both classroom and workshop, and shows a keen willingness towards his trade.”

The prizes were presented by Paul Roberts, Regional Training Officer for the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF).