Council sparky’s runner-up award

DG First apprentice Shane Steenson with his runner-up award
DG First apprentice Shane Steenson with his runner-up award

An apprentice electrician with the Council’s DGFirst is runner-up in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Apprentice of the Year 2014 competition.

Shane Steenson, from the South Port O’Spittal Farm in Stranraer, studied electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 2007.

He then gained City and Guilds level 3 certificates in electrical installation and inspection of testing and certification of electrical installation. In 2011, he joined the Council’s DGFirst as an apprentice. He was runner-up in the UK and Scottish Apprentice of the Year competitions in 2013.

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, chairman of the DGFirst Management Committee, said: “Building the local economy is our Council’s number one priority. It is, therefore, essential that we continue to develop apprentices to the highest possible standard. Congratulations to Shane on being runner-up position in the APSE Apprentice of the Year competition. This achievement reflects very positively on Shane and shows the standard of apprentice recruited by the Council and the quality of the training that we provide.”

APSE is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority front line services, hosting a network for front line service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.