Strathclyde GA student named Scottish Apprentice of the Year

Student holding two awards

Jordan Fairlamb was named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards hosted in Caird Hall, Dundee last week.

The 19-year-old, who was also crowned Modern Apprentice of the Year at the ceremony, works in supply chain management with Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd and has recently become their first Graduate Apprentice having started the Business Management GA at Strathclyde Business School in September this year.

He scooped his awards after identifying an issue with packaging which resulted in a £60,000 cost saving for the seafood firm and he is now responsible for managing stock worth £1.8m.

Jordan is successfully juggling studying whilst continuing to work full-time as the Graduate Apprenticeship is a work based learning degree.

He said winnng the awards was a 'great honour' and added: 

For the future, it puts me in really good stead for business and I hope to progress further in my role. The next step for me is completing my Graduate Apprenticeship and hopefully just onwards and upwards into senior management."

Speaking about his GA, he said: "Everything I learn I can apply to further my understanding of the workplace, and improve the quality of my work. My Graduate Apprenticeship will help me learn useful theory and further develop my career by gaining a degree’.

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards are hosted by Skills Development Scotland (SDS)and recognise the important contribution apprenticeships offer from Foundation through to Graduate Apprenticeships across all sectors and size of organisations.

Fellow Strathclyde student David William Mackenzie also won the Graduate Apprentice Rising Star award at this year's ceremony.

A full list of winners is published on the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards page.

Strathlcyde offers four other Gradiate Apprentice programmes  in IT: Cyber Security (MSc)IT Software Development BSc (Hons)Business Management BA (Hons) and BEng (Hons) Engineering: Civil Engineering.

The programmes are funded by SDS and supported by the European Social Fund.