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Shane scoops national apprentice award

Shane Odie with Shetland Islands Councils' training co-ordinator Janice Leask (middle) and chairwoman of strategic board of enterprise and skills Nora Senior (right).

A YOUNG engineer from Shetland was victorious at this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Shane Odie picked up the Foundation Apprentice of the Year prize at the event in Glasgow on Thursday.

The 18 year old, who works for Ocean Kinetics, said he was “over the moon” with the win.

“I am so happy and so proud that I have done my company and my parents proud,” Odie said.

“I would say to anyone thinking about a foundation apprenticeship to do it. It will give them the opportunity to feel more confident and comfortable about the choices they will be making.”

The apprentice learned about things like hydraulics, welding and electrical principles during his training.

Fellow Shetlander Kurt Crow was also at the awards, having been nominated in the Level 2 Apprentice of the Year section.

He works at Plantiecrub in Tingwall and is an apprentice in horticulture.

Chief executive Damien Yeates of award organisers Skills Development Scotland said: “I am delighted Shane’s valuable contribution has been recognised with this award.

“His efforts, and Kurt’s, show how work-based learning, enthusiastic apprentices and committed employers are changing Scotland’s skills landscape and creating our future workforces.”