John Mather Awards ceremony returns at Ayrshire College

John Mather Awards ceremony returns at Ayrshire College

Almost 100 former Ayrshire College students were recognised by the John Mather Trust at an awards ceremony, held at the College's Kilmarnock Campus on Wednesday 8 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.

Those fortunate enough to be eligible for a John Mather award receive a gift relevant to their industry to help them progress in their careers.

This year the John Mather Trust Awards ceremony took place during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March) - a campaign that celebrates the benefits that apprentices bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.

The popular event is a celebration of the students’ success and gives their family, friends and employers the opportunity to share their pride in their efforts.

This year, students from: aeronautical, engineering and renewables, horticulture, motor vehicle, trades, beauty therapy, complementary therapies, hairdressing, make-up artistry and hospitality, all received tools of the trade.

The special guest speaker for the event Michael Ross, chief executive of hub South West.

Trustee and lifelong friend of John Mather, Marlynn Mackay, was also in attendance at the event and spoke wonderfully about John’s incredible life and generosity.

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.

Angela Cox, Principal of Ayrshire College, said: "These occasions are a wonderful reminder of the talent we have in Ayrshire, and I was delighted to see the wide range of businesses who are now employing our graduates. The college is proud that we play an important role in nurturing that talent and we are very grateful to the John Mather Trust who support our students through coaching and providing the essential tools required for their jobs.” 

10 March 2023

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