Two of Argyll and Bute Council’s modern apprentices are in the running to become this year’s Scottish Apprentice of the Year.
Chris Cupples from Lochgilphead and Steven Simpson from Dunoon, are two of only three modern apprentices shortlisted by the Scottish Training Federation (STF) for the Apprentice of the Year 2016 accolade.
Chris has recently qualified as an HGV mechanic and works in the council’s plant yard in Lochgilphead, whilst Steven works in the council’s education team based in Argyll House, Dunoon.
Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh said: “I am absolutely delighted that two of our modern apprentices have made it to the final of these prestigious awards. This is a fantastic achievement and I am very proud of both Chris and Steve. They are a true credit to the council.
“The council’s modern apprenticeship scheme has been a great success and is a wonderful example of us growing our own right here in Argyll and Bute.
“The council’s Single Outcome Agreement is committed to ensuring that young people have the best possible start and that education, skills and training maximise opportunities for all. Our apprenticeship scheme does exactly that. It is fantastic that we are able to make this a reality for young people across Argyll and Bute.
“I would like to wish Chris and Steven the very best of luck in the final and hope they have a long and happy future working with Argyll and Bute Council.”
The winner of the Scottish Apprentice of the Year will be announced on 27th September 2016.