Glasgow’s young tradespeople celebrated at City Building awards

Apprentices from Glasgow construction firm City Building have been recognised for their hard work at the firm’s annual Apprentice Awards.

Apprentice of the Year winner Kieran Anderson

The ceremony, held last night in the City Chambers, saw more than 80 apprentices shortlisted across all trades including joinery, painting and decorating, gas engineering and administration.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award was presented to Kieran Anderson. The 22 year-old plumber is the first person in the firm’s history to be named top in class for four consecutive years, after picking up the Plumbing Apprentice of the Year in his first, second and third years of study. This is the first time he has scooped the Overall Apprentice of the Year Award.

A rising star of his profession, Kieran has been offered a full-time role at City Building.

He said: “I’ve had such a fantastic experience with City Building over the past four years, but to be named Apprentice of the Year is a definite highlight.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m looking forward to starting my career as a fully-qualified plumber with City Building later this year.”

City Building is currently training 245 individuals across various trades. Since 2006 the firm has provided 1,102 apprenticeships in Glasgow, with 70% going on to retain full time employment at City Building.

Cllr Allan Casey, chair of City Building, said: “I am extremely proud of the calibre of our apprentices. We have some very talented young people coming through our ranks, and our annual ceremony allows us to recognise the hard work they achieved throughout the year.

“Kieran in particular has shown so much potential as an apprentice. His attitude to work is second to none, and even early on in his apprenticeship he showed the skillset of a fully qualified tradesperson.

“As Scotland’s largest employer of apprentices, it’s encouraging to see those coming through our training programme do so well. With many of our apprentices choosing to stay at the firm once their studies are complete, the future is looking bright for City Building.”

On the night, City Building also announced 21 other winners, including siblings Brooke and Cameron Moir. 17-year-old Brooke was awarded the first-year administration prize and her brother, 20-year-old Cameron, scooped the third-year carpentry and joinery award.

Special recognition awards were also presented to adult apprentices Gareth Nzelwa and Stephen Stewart, both from Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industry (RSBi).

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