OPITO Names 2017 Apprentice of the Year
Energy industry skills body OPITO has named former Peterhead Academy student Ashley Thomas as its 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
Thomas, a second-year process operations apprentice at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen, was selected to join the OPITO-managed Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) last year. He grew up near the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Aberdeenshire, passing it on his way to school every day, and was said to have been inspired by the oil and gas careers of his stepfather and cousin.
“Ashley stood out for his self-motivation, attention to detail, leadership qualities and encouraging team work with his fellow apprentices – all qualities highly regarded in the industry and will set him in good stead for the future,” OPITO Director James Hamilton said in an organization statement.
Thomas said it was an honour to be chosen as the winner.
“To be recognized as the highest performing apprentice in my discipline and then the judging panel to decide I’m the overall apprentice of the year is fantastic,” Thomas said.
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