City Building celebrates its talent at ninth annual apprentice awards

The award winnersScottish construction company City Building has rewarded the tradespeople of tomorrow at its annual Apprentice Awards, which took place on Tuesday 16 June.

Around 180 apprentices across all sectors of the business including, construction, administration, heating and lift engineering were shortlisted for the awards, which were hosted by Radio Clyde DJ Diane Knox (Knoxy) at the City Chambers in Glasgow.

A total of 23 awards were handed out at the event which saw 4th year apprentice painter and decorator Lee Raeburn named City Building Apprentice of the Year.

Lee (20) from Castlemilk was also one of two apprentices who travelled to Malawi last year to refurbish and upgrade a medical centre in the country’s capital Lilongwe, as part of Glasgow’s links with the country.

He said: “It was great to be nominated for the award but to win it is a really special feeling.

“City Building is a great place to work and the award gives me a great confidence boost to go on and do well in my career.”

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “The awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company’s emerging talent.

“Lee is a prime example of the type of skilled young tradesperson that City Building is determined to develop and it is important that we take the time to recognise both Lee and the other award winners for their achievements over the past year.

“We’re incredibly proud of our apprenticeship programme and each of the 350 apprentices who are taking part in the scheme.

“Our strong social ethos and commitment to investing in the workforce of the future sets us apart from many of our competitors.”

The shortlisted apprentices were recommended by their managers and went through a rigorous interview process by the management team in order to be selected.

The judges highlighted that Lee is “an outstanding student, driven and very hard working. He always pushes himself further and excels as a team leader. Lee was a member of the team from City Building who recently carried out humanitarian work in Malawi and that experience has stood him in good stead with other apprentices.”

Other winners on the day included:

  • 1st Year Administrator – Fraser Wells
  • 2nd Year Administrator – Dilip Singh

  • 1st Year Electrician – Ross Leary
  • 2nd Year Electrician – Kyle Evans
  • 3rd Year Electrician – Kieren Olliffe
  • 4th Year Electrician – Ashley Brodie

  • 1st Year Joinery and Carpentry – Graeme Howe
  • 2nd Year Joinery and Carpentry – Jamie Nelson
  • 3rd Year Joinery and Carpentry – Drew Rennie
  • 4th Year Joinery and Carpentry – Anthony Clarke
  • 1st Year Painter and Decorator – Andrew Weir
  • 2nd Year Painter and Decorator – Kyle Moran
  • 3rd Year Painter and Decorator – Craig Kerr
  • 4th Year Painter and Decorator – Lee Raeburn
  • Adult Apprentice Painter and Decorator – Jamie Hamill
  • 1st Year Plumber – Christy McIntosh
  • 2nd Year Plumber – Jordan McKellar
  • 3rd Year Plumber – Charlie Duffy
  • 4th Year Plumber – David Milne
  • Heating Engineer – Jonnie Donnelly
  • 2nd Year Lift Engineer – Joint winners Matthew MacDonald and Brooke Martin
  • 4th Year Lift Engineer – Grant Fountain.
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