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Ardagh apprentices impress awards judges

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Apprentice Award at Ardagh Glass. Dr Philippa Whitford MP and Graeme Shepherd presenting.

Mark McColl (centre) receives his award from Dr Philippa Whitford MP and Graeme Shepherd, director of operations, Ardagh Irvine

APPRENTICES at Irvine-based Ardagh Glass have been earning recognition for their skills.

20-year-old Mark McColl was recently named Irvine Incorporated Trades Apprentice of The Year for 2016. Meanwhile, his colleagues, Ally Bell (20) and Scott Cairns (22) received high commendations.

The firm’s sister plant in Barnsley is celebrating the external successes of two of its apprentices. Tom Bagley (23), a machine repair fitter, became 2016 Apprentice of the Year in the British Glass Focus Awards. And 20 year old Chloe Miller, an electrical engineering apprentice, received the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Student of Excellence Award.

Dr Phillippa Whitford MP, who visited the plant to present the award, said,  “I recognise the contribution made by Ardagh to the local economy, and this is a good opportunity for me to understand more clearly their business and some of the issues they face.”

Magdalena Kowalska, HR business partner for Ardagh Group, Glass Europe, added, “Our apprentice training schemes play a vital part of our workforce development programmes, and for one of our plants to receive the accolade of best place to learn is a real honour. Whilst we recognise the achievements and dedication of all our apprentices, it is nevertheless welcome that at the very highest level certain individuals, in this case Chloe and Tom, also receive national recognition.”