Local apprentice scoops top industry award

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AN ARBROATH apprentice who works for a Montrose company has been named Apprentice of the Year for Scotland in the 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards.

Ronnie Morrison, who is employed by Pert-Bruce Construction Ltd., was chosen from hundreds of entries in the fierce competition for his high standard of workmanship, great attitude, professionalism and dedication to his work.

He was presented with an impressive trophy at a ceremony in the City Chambers, Glasgow.

He will now go through to the national final and compete against other apprentices from around the UK, and could win the coveted title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards as well as a cash prize of £1,000 from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ronnie, who is 21, lives at 49 Warddykes Avenue, with his partner, Vicky Russell, and their two-year-old daughter, Brooke, who is the apple of her daddy’s eye.

He is a native of the town and attended Warddykes Primary School and Arbroath Academy. He then went on to complete an ‘Introduction to Construction’ course at Angus College.

His main hobby is playing football and he is a member of the Millgate Bar team which plays in the Sunday Amateur League.

A bricklayer, he is currently involved in the construction of a viewing gallery for birdwatchers at Crawton, near Stonehaven.

The national winner will be announced by celebrity property guru Phil Spencer who will present the coveted accolade at a luncheon on Friday, March 11, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

The Apprentice of the Year Award is a nationwide search for the cream of the construction industry’s future talent.

Grahame Barn, director of FMB Scotland region, said: “The Apprentice of the Year Award recognises talented apprentices who have worked hard to achieve high standards of skill and craftsmanship in their chosen trade.

“Ronnie is an outstanding example of an apprentice showing commitment, dedication and determination to carve a career in this important industry, and we wish him the best of luck in the national final.”

The 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards is organised by the Federation of Master Builders in association with Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. The Apprentice of the Year is sponsored by ConstructionSkills, CCATF and TradePoint Trade Building Supplies.