SQA celebrates building services apprentice success at BESA Awards

Thursday 13 July 2017

BESA Award winner John Thompson with SQA Qualifications Manager Diane Wilson

Talented apprentices in the building services sector were recognised recently at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Scotland Training Awards 2017.

In supporting the Awards, SQA is delighted to help highlight the skills and dedication displayed by new entrants to the building sector, and the employers who champion them.

We sponsored the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice of the Year category, the nominees in which have exceeded expectations throughout their apprenticeship programme.

John Thompson, an apprentice at Turner (Dundee) Ltd, was recognised at the awards at the Scottish Parliament. John worked as a plasterer for many years, before embracing the opportunity to retrain and gain a new range of skills. As part of his apprenticeship John gained an SVQ in Install, Commission and Maintain Refrigeration Systems at Glasgow Kelvin College. Highly Commended in the category was Lee McDonagh of Dumbarton based Campbell’s Air Conditioning.

Diane Wilson, SQA Qualifications Manager, said: “John’s success is a result of hard work and an enthusiastic approach to learning new skills. The way he has embarked on his new career makes him a great ambassador for lifelong learning. This event highlights the many opportunities available in the sector, and will hopefully inspire people from all backgrounds to consider an apprenticeship.”

SQA congratulates all the winners and nominees. Details of the winners can be found on the BESA website.

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