SBATC Launches search for 2016 Apprentices of the Year

The Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) has officially launched the annual search for Scotland’s Craft, Adult, Construction Specialist and Civil Engineering Apprentices of the Year. Consequently, SBATC is now seeking nominations for registered apprentices across the following four categories;

The James Birnie Award for Craft Excellence: Apprentice of the Year now in its seventeenth year, the prestigious James Birnie Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the talents of Scotland’s traditional craft apprentices undertaking any of the four year SVQ level 3 programmes.  

Adult Apprentice of the Year – this longstanding award acknowledges experienced apprentices undertaking an SVQ level 3 traditional craft apprenticeship whilst registered on the two year adult programme. 

Civil Engineering Apprentice of the Year – celebrating the growing contribution made by civil engineering apprentices, this award focuses on candidates undertaking apprenticeships in general construction operations, highways maintenance, roadbuilding, plant operations and plant maintenance.  

Construction Specialist Apprentice of the Year – this recently introduced award aims to distinguish apprentices working towards an SVQ level 2 ‘specialist skill’ apprenticeship in areas such as scaffolding, glazing, sealant application, ames taping, roof sheeting and cladding, ceiling fixing and demolition.

Nominations will be gratefully received from employers, managing agents, colleges, clients, training providers and other stakeholders. All candidates nominated must have been an SBATC registered apprentice at some juncture in 2016. Whilst submissions will be welcomed for any such apprentices regardless of their stage of development, it is perhaps worth noting that apprentices who are maybe a little further on in their particular programme may tend to be more successful, simply by virtue of the fact that they will have had a greater opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and abilities.

The deadline for nominations for this year’s awards is Friday 2 September 2016. All nominations should be made online through the SBATC website: SBATC Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016 - Nomination Form. Applications should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and nominators will also have the opportunity to attach additional documentation to the online nomination form should they deem it appropriate.

Nominated candidates will be shortlisted for interview in September and it is envisaged that there will be a first, second and third prize available in each of the aforementioned categories. All successful apprentices, their nominators, employers and guests will be invited to join SBATC at a prize giving ceremony in the Scottish Parliament in the Autumn in order to celebrate the achievements of talented, dedicated and aspiring apprentices who represent the future of the construction industry.    

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your nomination, please do not hesitate to contact SBATC directly on 0131 556 8866 or through for further assistance.

SBATC would like to take this opportunity to wish all apprentices and their nominators the very best of luck!


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SBATC Launches search for 2016 Apprentices of the Year

SBATC is inviting the submission of nominations for the 2016 Apprentice of the Year Awards with the deadline for applications being Friday 2 September 2016.