CLYDEBANK apprentices are now up for nominations in the search for the country’s best.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) launched their appeal for the annual awards as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, last week.

SDS’s director of national training programmes, Katie Hutton, said: “The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards are all about recognising the fantastic work of apprentices all over the country and the commitment of employers who are investing in their workforce.

“I would urge all apprentice employers, training providers and apprentices themselves to get involved.

“From multi-nationals to family firms, if you think you know an apprentice who has continued to exceed expectations then let us know.”

There are 10 categories including apprentice ambassador of the year, apprentice of the year at foundation, level 2, 3 and level 4 and above, as well as awards for micro, SME, large and public sector employers, plus those who are committed to diversity in the workplace.

Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on November 16 at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Entries are open now, with full details on at and a deadline of noon on Wednesday, June 28.

Also part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Maurice Golden MSP lent his support to the benefit of apprenticeship schemes and the potential for young people.

The West Scotland MSP said: “I’m proud to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get their foot on the ladder of opportunity and I am proud to support their development across Scotland.”