Apprentice Scott achieves double success at awards

Scott Watson receiving his awards from one of the partners at Lawrence Milne Kevin Milne
Scott Watson receiving his awards from one of the partners at Lawrence Milne Kevin Milne

An apprentice from Cruden Bay brushed up well after scooping two awards at the recent North East Scotland College Awards.

Painting and decorating apprentice Scott Watson, 21, works for Lawrence Milne based in Ellon.

He recently finished the third year of his apprenticeship while winning the college’s Advanced Craft and the Scottish Decorators Federation Awards 2014.

He started working for the company three years ago and now moves on to the final year of the apprenticeship programme.

The Advanced Craft award recognises the student that has demonstrated the highest level of skill and dedication.

On collecting the awards at a presentation Scott told the Times: “I think it’s a good achievement and I am happy to receive the awards.

“I started an apprenticeship in joinery but was paid off after a year and a half in the job. There were no painters so the joiners had to do all the painting so I got some experience from there.

“I thought I would try a job in painting and I definitely prefer it much more than joinery.

Lawrence Milne partner Kevin Milne added: “We have always recognised the importance of training up our own apprentices. It’s great to see that the work Scott has been doing at college has been recognised.

Around 250 men have completed apprenticeships with the company since it was formed in 1937.