Over 120 former Ayrshire College students collected their prizes at the 2018 John Mather Trust Awards, held at the Kilmarnock Campus on Wednesday 7 March.
The John Mather Trust rewards Ayrshire College graduates who have learned a trade and gone into employment, an apprenticeship or set up their own business within the past year.
John Mather set up the Trust in 1996 to help young people in the West of Scotland get started in their trade. Since then, over a thousand students at Ayrshire College have benefitted from the generosity of the Trust.
In total 192 students will received equipment. Students from: beauty therapy, complementary therapy, hairdressing, make-up artistry, hospitality, aeronautical engineering, engineering and renewables, horticulture, motor vehicle, and trades - all received tools of the trade.
This year the John Mather Trust Awards ceremony took place during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) - a campaign that celebrates the benefits that apprentices bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.
Those who attended the ceremony heard from guest speakers. David Smith, Managing Director of Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited, congratulated the award recipients on their contribution to supporting Ayrshire’s economy. Lisa Gibson, owner of LG Beauty and a past recipient of a John Mather award, talked about how the John Mather Trust supported her.
Heather Dunk, Principal of Ayrshire College, said “We would like to thank the John Mather Trust for giving so generously to our students once again. This event is always an inspiring occasion as it lets us celebrate the skills of our talented students with their families, friends and the employers they now work for.”