Scottish Apprentice Declan receives ‘hot’ award

Monday, 5 March, 2018


Plumbing Apprentice Declan Miller is ‘tap’ of the class after scooping the Vokera (boiler) Award for Excellence at the Glasgow Kelvin College Learning and Celebration Awards.

Declan, who is in the final year of his four year apprenticeship, is one of 20 current apprentices working with East Dunbartonshire Council.  

The Council has been supporting apprentices in a range of career opportunities over the last five years and as it is Scottish Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Declan’s recent success.

Declan received the Vokera Award for Excellence through his course at Glasgow Kelvin College which he attends as part of his apprenticeship.  Curriculum Manager at the College, Sam Thomson, said, “Declan received the Vokera Award for Excellence for his hard work, attitude and dedication to the vocational area of plumbing. Declan was successful in attaining full SVQ Level 3 qualification and ACS Domestic Gas in Year 3. He is an inspiration to potential plumbing apprentices because he has progressed from schools level through to full time further education, then to employment in the plumbing industry.”

Declan was presented with the award at a special college ceremony which he attended with his grandparents and his girlfriend.  He said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have received this award.  I worked really hard on the SVQ Level 3 Plumbing course and I really enjoyed it.  My apprenticeship at East Dunbartonshire Council has been a great opportunity to learn on the job with experienced mentors whilst also gaining qualifications in this field. I would recommend an apprenticeship to any school leavers considering a career in plumbing, it has been one of the best decisions I have made.”

Depute Chief Executive, Education, People & Business, Ann Davie, met up with Declan to congratulate him on his success, she said, “This is a great achievement for Declan, a great start to what I am sure will be a very promising and rewarding career.  Declan is a much valued member of his team here and it came as no surprise that all his hard work and efforts at College paid off.”   

She continued “We are fortunate at East Dunbartonshire Council to have 20 very driven and ambitious apprentices working with us.  At the moment we have young people learning on the job in a variety of different roles including construction management, ICT, digital marketing and youth work.  We have new opportunities for apprenticeships every year, so if you are interested in becoming an apprentice with us we will be advertising for our 2018 positions from late March.  We will keep you updated on when these vacancies become available via our social media platforms and our website.” 

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