Scotland's top apprentice hailed
An Ayrshire aeronautical engineer has been named Scotland's top apprentice at Skills Development Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards - one of the new Youth Employment Minister's first official engagements.
Angela Constance saw Jamie Gray, 22, a former catering assistant at Cross- house Hospital, Kilmarnock, pick up the "outstanding achievement" award for his work as a quality engineering apprentice at Spirit Aero-Systems Ltd in Prestwick.
The judging criteria included potential for the future, Modern Apprenticeship best practice and benefits to business - he was judged to embody all three.
The 10th annual Modern Apprenticeship Awards, sponsored by HP and held at the Glasgow Science Centre, showcased the achievements of employers, apprentices and organisations who have demonstrated initiative, enterprise and outstanding commitment to developing Scotland's skills and economy.
And the winners are .
Construction and Production Apprentice of the Year
David Crawford, Dumbarton
Service Apprentice of the Year
Charmaine Hogg, Falkirk
Adult Apprentice of the Year
Elaine Hislop, Dumbarton
Small Employers - less than 50 employees
Ingenza Ltd, Midlothian
Medium Employers - between 50 and 249 employees
Stewart McNee (Dunoon) Ltd, Dunoon
Large Employers - over 250 employees
BAE Systems Surface Ships, Glasgow
Barony CollegeCLAAS UK Ltd
Best Business Newcomer
First Scotrail, Glasgow
Outstanding Achievement Award
Jamie Gray, Kilmarnock.