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Apprentice of the year win for Callum Brash

Posted by | 26th May 2016 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

Callum Brash of Tradeprint has been awarded Apprentice of the year by Graphic Enterprise Scotland, under the Level 2 mechanised print finishing and binding category. Graphic Enterprise Scotland (GES) revived the tradition of apprentice awards in Scotland after they disappeared along with the last printing college course. Hewlett and Packard (HP) and Muller Martini both sponsored the event.

Callum was only 16 when he started working at Tradeprint (formally Fairprint) as a packer, back in March 2013. In recognition of his hardwork and determination he was offered an apprenticeship 9 months later, and since then has become an integral component to our production team.

This is what Callum Brash had to say when asked about what the award meant to him:

“One of the best moments was when I got my letter saying I was in the final for the apprentice awards [GES]. I felt proud of myself and made me realise that I have a bright future ahead of me.

“My apprenticeship has had a massive impact on my life. If I didn’t have it I don’t know what I would be doing with myself. I’ve met so many great people both in and out of work by doing it, and winning this award topped it all off.”

Asked for advice to others embarking on an apprenticeship Callum replied:

“If you are lucky enough to get an apprenticeship you need to just get your head down and do the best you can, especially in this day and age these opportunities don’t come about often, and it can completely transform your life for the better.”

GES director Donald Cooper said:

“We thought there was an increasing need to draw attention to apprenticeships. We’re trying to encourage apprenticeships to achieve more and employers to invest more.

“There was a really positive response. All the employers whose lads were on the shortlist were there. 19 apprentices turned up so we were pleased. You hope the other 12 went away inspired. The employers were delighted that their apprentices were recognised.”

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