Shepherd takes top award


Gary Shepherd took top place at the recent Scottish HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

Gary, who is employed by James Ramsay (Glasgow), was named both Pipe Fitter/Welder of the Year and overall Craft Apprentice of the Year.

Other 2005 award winners were as follows.

• Pipe Fitter/Welder of the Year runner up: John Aitken (ECG Group and North Glasgow College).

• Pipe Fitter of the Year: Graeme Brankin (Scan Building Services and Telford College, Edinburgh); runner-up: Gary Scott (Richard Irvin Building Services and Tullos Training).

• Service and Maintenance Apprentice of the Year: Kenneth McDonald (Alfred McAlpine Business Services and North Glasgow College); runner-up: Paul Kane (Wm Whitfield and North Glasgow College).

• Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice of the Year: Jonathan Robb (Specific Heat, Telford College and North Glasgow College); runner-up: Michael Knight (Arthur Mackay, Telford College and North Glasgow College).

• Ductwork Apprentice of the Year: Joe Caldwell (Johnson Ventilation and North Glasgow College); runner-up: Steven Menelaws (Galloway Group and North Glasgow College).

• Building Services Technician of the Year: Robbie Nelson (N G Bailey and Telford College); runner up: Gareth Lusk (RMJM and Telford College).

Guest of honour at the awards ceremony was Marilyn Livingstone MSP, convenor of the Cross Party Group for Construction in the Scottish Parliament.

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