Stars in their eyes

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A Scottish plant apprentice who was identified as a star in the making two years ago has returned to the scene of his triumph . . . this time to speak to the young people following in his footsteps.

Campbell Howie (right) was a national winner in the Construction Plant-hire Association’s Stars of the Future scheme in 2017 and has since set up his own plant repair business in Ayrshire. He said it was a privilege to be asked to speak at this year’s event and added: “After winning the award only two years ago, it was great to speak to like-minded individuals and get their insight on the industry.” Patrick Flannery, managing director of P Flannery Plant Hire, also spoke at the event.

The awards, now in their seventh year, are open to apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector across the UK and at the recent ceremony near Coventry the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) welcomed more than 300 apprentices and their families as well as representatives from their employers and training colleges.

Twenty one college awards for both NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 plant mechanic apprentices were up for grabs. Contenders were assessed throughout the academic year on their work in college and in their work environment.

Winners from Scotland were:

Level 2 Plant Mechanic

Ross McLeod of Marubeni-Komatsu (Glasgow Kelvin College) and Liam Mullin of AT Best Handlers (National Construction College Scotland)

Level 3 Plant Mechanic

Paul Geddes of West Dunbartonshire Council (Glasgow Kelvin) and Sophie Gray of George Leslie Ltd (National Construction College Scotland).

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 29/6/2019