Shetland Apprentice Triumphs At Construction Awards

by Alastair Hamilton -

A Shetland apprentice is building a name for himself in the construction world, after winning a top industry award.

Christopher Smith took home the National Construction College (NCC) Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Pride of Construction Awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate in London at a ceremony in October.

National Construction college student Christopher – who works at Irvine Contractors Ltd in Lerwick – is now in the third year of his apprenticeship. After being presented with the award, Christopher said,

“I"m proud to have received this award. The training and support I have received during my apprenticeship from my employer, the NCC and CITB have helped give me a great start in the construction industry.”

Andy Walder, Principal at the National Construction College, said, “Christopher is an outstanding apprentice and a worthy winner of our Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award due to his attitude, aptitude and ability. Christopher is a credit to the industry and we wish him further success in his career.”

The 24-year-old's boss. Leslie Irvine, said, “His commitment and enthusiasm shines through to all who come into contact with him, both employees and customers. He consistently shows the right attitude towards work, is a strong team player, an integral member of our staff and an important part of our succession planning to help our business to grow in the future.”

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