Young stars from Glasgow in the running for Scottish Modern Apprenticeships Awards
Laura Black always dreamed of following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps.
So the 21-year-old set her signs on a shipbuilding career on the Clyde – mastering the generations-old craft of installing complex pipework systems on board ships.
Now the young worker – who has been described as a “high potential” by her bosses at BAE Systems Naval Ships – is being celebrated at Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship awards.
Laura, who left her home in Campbeltown for Clydebank to pursue her goals, is a finalist in the Level 3 Apprentice of the Year category.
She completed her three-year apprenticeship in August – ahead of time because of her determination get the job done.
During this time, she has learned to fabricate, assemble and weld pipework to an “exceptional standard”, say her bosses.
And, while working towards her apprenticeship goals, Laura completed a HNC in her own time.
She said: “Both my father and grandfather worked in shipbuilding and it is something I have always wanted to do.
“I have always liked the technical side of things and I really enjoy seeing things coming together.”
The young star – who has spoken about Modern Apprenticeships at careers fayres and presentations – is one of ten local finalists in the running for an accolade at the annual ceremony next week.
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