Orcadian Kieran Learmonth, 21 year-old , has been named Inspirational Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprenticeship Awards.
Kieran who is a carpenter and joiner, said:
“I am so pleased – and shocked – to win this award! My apprenticeship was a great experience and I would fully recommend it as a route to a brilliant career. You get a good balance of learning and practical experience.
“I’d like to thank my employer, Casey Construction, and Orkney College, as they supported me all the way throughout my apprenticeship.”
The ceremony, which took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on the 7th of November, celebrated the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK and their commitment and dedication to construction. The winners were presented with their awards by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny.
Kieran’s award falls within the category of Inspirational Apprentice Achiever, which recognises apprentices who have demonstrated determination, tenacity and hard work, often in the face of personal setbacks.
Kieran impressed the judges by showing dedication, maturity and initiative to drive his own career from a very young age.
Ian Hughes, Partnerships Director for CITB Scotland, said:
“Kieran is an inspiring example to other young people who might be considering taking up a job in construction, and indeed to employers who are thinking about taking on an apprentice. The industry has exciting, challenging and flexible career opportunities for everyone.”
During his third year of high school, Kieran attended Skills for Work courses run by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), which provide young people with employability skills and practical experience to help them into employment. After this, he completed a National Progression Award and secured his apprenticeship with Casey Construction.
Jacq Argo, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said:
“From an early age, Kieran knew he wanted to be a joiner. He has always shown a high level of practical skill, along with a natural ability to take information from plans and drawings. Whenever Kieran finishes work ahead of time, he sets about helping others or looking for jobs to do in the workshop.
“In his free time, he makes his own furniture and works hard to provide for his family. Kieran knew what he had to do to achieve, and that was made possible by his dedicated work ethic and attitude to his job. He is extremely deserving of this award.”