GQA Qualifications Blog

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Construction Award for GQA Approved Centre

“It’s always a pleasure to see young people rewarded for their hard work”

GQA Approved Centre, South Lanarkshire College continue to pave the way forward for new comers into the glazing industry in Scotland and have recently recognised the efforts of one of their students, Con O’Neill by naming him Glazing Apprentice of the Year 2015. South Lanarkshire College have been working with GQA qualifications since early 2010 and they are currently the only College in Scotland to deliver the GQA SVQ level 2 in Glazing programme, doing so in their state of the art specialised workshop in East Kilbride.

Con, of Wm Drennan Glass and Glazing in Paisley, started on a Pre-apprentice course in Construction but moved on to a full time Apprenticeship in Glazing in March 2014 and is currently working through GQAs SVQ Level 2 in Glazing as part of his Apprenticeship under the guidance of Assessor and Tutor George Pendlebury. George was delighted to see Con bestowed with the honour of becoming only the 2nd Glazing Apprentice of the Year, and commented “Con has proven to be an excellent student with first class hand skills and has always shown a very mature attitude in his work at college.  He not only carried out his own tasks, but supported his fellow students who might have been having difficulty with work they were tasked with”

GQA Technical Manager, Sean Hayes, presented Con with his award at the Construction Awards Ceremony, held in November 2015, and said “It is always a pleasure to see young people being rewarded for their hard work and I was delighted to be able to present the award to Con; he is a great example of how South Lanarkshire College, and particularly George, help Apprentices learn while they earn.  It was great to see Con very well supported on the night, not only were his mum and dad present, his Employer and the Tradesman Con works with daily were also there to see him receive his award”

GQA would like to congratulate Con on his achievement and also South Lanarkshire College for their continuous work within our industry in Scotland.

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