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Yesterday evening saw the 21st annual Scottish Apprenticeship Awards take place as the centrepiece of this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The awards show, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, showcases apprentices from across the country and from a wide range of sectors. Categories celebrate the success of foundation, modern and graduate apprentices as well as recognising the employers, learning providers and instructors who support apprentices in their achievements.

This year’s finalists are learning skills in industries such as finance, construction, engineering and transport. There were special green awards for the efforts of both apprentices and employers to support Scotland’s climate change ambitions and target of net zero emissions by 2045. 

Apprentice of the Year for 2023 was Julie-Ann Murray from Shetland whose Modern Apprenticeship job is helping her to fulfil her dream career in agriculture. This year’s winner of the SFC-sponsored category for Graduate Apprentice of the Year was Fatima Asif who studies at Heriot-Watt University and is an engineering graduate apprentice at Plexus. Harley Higgins, who studied at West College Scotland, was the winner of the award for Foundation Apprentice of the Year. 


The Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell, said:

“Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce through work-based learning is benefiting businesses and Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a time for employers investing in apprenticeships to showcase how apprentices are enabling them to adapt and sustain their businesses.


“The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards recognise the individual and collective impact of apprentices across sectors and shine a spotlight on the inspiring organisations and individuals who champion work-based learning.”

More information on this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards winners is available on the Skills Development Scotland website.