27 March
Apse apprentices 2024

Cameron Stavert, who is a first-year apprentice electrician, picked up the Apprentice of the Year Award (1st Year) 2024.

 The 19-year-old former Broxburn Academy pupil, was nominated for the award by colleagues as he was the standout apprentice in the last 12 months in both the workplace and at college as he has undertaken his first year.

Once he was selected as a finalist, Cameron had to undertake an interview process with APSE before he was selected as the Overall Apprentice of the Year winner.

Cameron said: "Overall I've had a great experience. Every day has been different with fresh challenges and I have learnt a great deal from my colleagues and mentors and look forward to the work ahead. I would encourage anyone who is considering a trade apprenticeship to go for it."

Joining him at the award ceremony was fellow apprentice Chris Harkins.

Chris who is now in the third year of his apprenticeship made it to the final of his category. The former St Kentigern's Academy pupil is no stranger to recognition having been a previous APSE award winner during the second year of his apprenticeship.

Chris said: "I would definitely recommend any young person who is given the opportunity to start an apprenticeship to grab the opportunity with both hands. The people you meet, the skills you learn and the overall experience is something that will benefit you for the rest of your working life."

Executive councillor for housing services, George Paul said: "Congratulations to both Cameron and Chris. To be recognised at a national level is a tremendous achievement and it is evident their colleagues appreciate their talents and dedication. I wish them all the best for the remainder of their apprenticeships and am sure they will both go on to achieve great things in their careers."

Pictured: Chris Harkins and Cameron Stavert (seen holding their certificates) were congratulated on their success by councillor George Paul and Interim head of housing customer and building services Julie Whitelaw during a meeting at West Lothian Civic centre. The apprentices were also joined by their apprenticeship mentors and colleagues from Building Services.

Top row - David Newton, Lewis Forsyth and Grant Taylor

Middle row - Katrina Jackson, Lewis Telfer and Robbie Brown

Front row - Councillor George Paul, Christopher Harkins, Julie Whitelaw and Cameron Stavert