North Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2016

William Smith, who works in our North Lanarkshire Highways Team, won Apprentice of the Year award at the North Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2016

William started his apprenticeship with us in July 2015, after successfully completing his Certificate of Work Readiness (COWR) with New College Lanarkshire and Amey.

He now mentors new COWR placements to encourage them into work and provides voluntary self-defence tuition to young females in North Lanarkshire as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is also a high achiever on his college course and is striving to learn new skills on-the-job with our highways team.

A credit to Amey

David Black, Account Director in North Lanarkshire, said: “William is a credit to the company. He has worked hard and we had no hesitation in putting him forward for the award. We are immensely proud of his achievement.”

Congratulating William, Councillor Burrows said: “This is a tremendous achievement on the part of a young man setting out on what I hope will become a successful career. William is a great example of personal achievement and advancement.”

Cllr Burrows’ remarks were echoed by the council’s planning and transportation convener, Cllr James Coyle: “I am very impressed by William. To be recognised in such a prestigious award from the many hundreds of apprentices throughout North Lanarkshire speaks volumes about him. I am delighted too that he is employed by a company with such close ties to the council and delivering a vital service to all our road users and residents.”