Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year winners celebrate

Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year winners celebrate

The winners of the Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year award for 2018/19 and 2019/20 attended Ayrshire College’s John Mather Awards on Thursday 5 March – where they were able to meet Ayr Guildry’s new Dean, former MP Bill Grant.

This year’s winner was announced as Kelly Kerr – the first female to win the prestigious Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year award. Kelly is an apprentice painter and decorator with Ashleigh Building, and successfully completed the City & Guilds Level 4 Painting and Decorating course last session.

Kelly earned the award because she “excelled in both practical and theory work at college. The course team describe Kelly as a highly motivated student who is always keen to learn and apply herself to new challenges. Kelly is a popular student with both staff and her peer group and is always happy to help others.”

Sean Woods, who works at Collins Aerospace, won the Ayr Guildry award for 2018/19. He is now studying towards an HNC in Aircraft Engineering on a day release basis at Ayrshire College, and won the award while he was studying both his NC in Aeronautical Engineering and an SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

Sean won the award for “showing up well both academically and in the workshop”, with staff commenting that he is a good all-rounder.

Dean of the Ayr Guildry, Bill Grant, said: “I’m delighted to support the Apprentice of the Year award, it’s fantastic to see the calibre of apprentices we have in Ayrshire, and the role that the College plays in helping the next generation of apprentices become highly skilled in their trade.”

Kelly Kerr, winner of the Apprentice of the Year award said “I’m stunned to win this award, I really didn’t expect it. I’m hoping to become an Interior Designer eventually and winning this award has really given me the confidence to follow that dream career.”

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