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Delight in Dunblane: The APSE Scottish Building and Housing Awards 2018.

Delight in Dunblane:  The APSE Scottish Building and Housing Awards 2018.

APSE is delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious Scottish Building and Housing Apprentice Awards 2018, as well as the winner of the first annual Margo Blair Award.

The Apprentice Awards celebrated the hard work and exceptional accomplishments of Scotland’s apprentices in the housing and building sector. There were categories for each year of the apprenticeship programme and a separate category for non-trade apprentices. Our inaugural Margo Blair Award was designed to celebrate outstanding local councils that use innovation to tackle the current challenges facing their building and housing services.

In one of the most competitive years so far, there was very little between the finalists in each category. The winners were chosen after careful deliberation, and presented with their awards at the annual Scottish Building, Housing & Renewables Seminar in Dunblane, which took place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018.

Commenting on the Awards, APSE National Chair, Cllr Archie Dryburgh said, “The Apprentice Awards demonstrate that Scotland has no shortage of ambitious individuals who are dedicated to developing their skills.  It is also really encouraging to see apprentices supported by forward looking and innovative councils who truly value workforce development.

APSE Chief Executive, Paul O’Brien said,The Apprentice Awards underline just how vital apprenticeships are to ensuring excellence in the delivery of frontline services; they remain a highly rewarding and mutually beneficial investment for local authorities. We have also been delighted with the entries for the first ever Margo Blair Award. Margo was a true champion of local government best practice and would have been thrilled with the exceptionally high standard of submissions.”

Congratulations to the winners and finalists!


Margo Blair Awards 2018


City of Edinburgh Council

East Ayrshire Council

Falkirk Council

Fife Council

North Lanarkshire Counci


Winner: City of Edinburgh Council


APSE Scotland Building and Housing Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018
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First Year Trade Category


Chris Jardine, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Alan Smith, East Lothian Council

Reiss Geary, Falkirk Council

Mathew Fleming, Fife Council


Winner: Alan Smith, East Lothian Council



Second Year Trade Category


Daniel McTaggart, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Calum Love, Fife Council

Craig Barrett, South Ayrshire Council

Grant Stewart, West Lothian Council


Winner: Calum Love, Fife Council


Third Year Trade Category


David Hutcheon, Aberdeen City Council

David Henderson, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Ryan Fair, Fife Council

Michael Morrison, North Ayrshire Council

Darren McLeod, West Dunbartonshire Council

Alan Webster, West Lothian Council


Winner: Alan Webster, West Lothian Council


Fourth Year Trade Category


Graeme Baird, Aberdeen City Council

Craig Paterson, Aberdeen City Council

Ryan Love, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Lewis McKerchar, Fife Council


Winner: Graeme Baird, Aberdeen City Council


Non-Trade Category


Jamie Flucker, Fife Council

Rhona Tait, Shetland Islands Council

Lauren Agnew, West Lothian Council


Winner: Rhona Tait, Shetland Islands Council


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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