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Prestigious award given to two apprentices

08 March 2023

Our first two female apprentice bricklayers in Scotland, Billie Murray and Chantelle Muir, are set to be announced as recipients of the John Mather Award at Ayrshire College this Thursday.

The Ayrshire College pair took their first steps into the construction industry by enrolling in courses that prepare students for the sector by equipping them with a variety of skills needed in the world of work.  

Each year, students within Ayrshire College receive the award which consists of new tools to enable them to make their way in to the world of work without the fear of financial difficulties for essential equipment.

The award is organised by The John Mather Trust to continue John Mather’s lifelong interests in arts and culture, entrepreneurialism and employability skills in the West of Scotland. Trustees make grants of up to £10,000 to a number of organisations each year, though larger amounts or multi-year funding can also be considered.

West Scotland region, who work in partnership with Ayrshire College, first spotted Billie and Chantelle through their work in the college and offered both their first taste of construction with a SVQ level 6 apprenticeship in bricklaying. The duo became the first female apprentice bricklayers in the company in Scotland in September 2022, with both working on Ayrshire developments.

Chantelle Muir, Apprentice Bricklayer at Persimmon, said:

“I’m delighted to be receiving the John Mather Award at Ayrshire College which will help with providing essential tools for my trade on site.

“My construction career started when Persimmon gave me the opportunity to work on their Mayfields development in North Ayrshire as a bricklaying apprentice. The guidance and support since starting has been phenomenal and I would like to thank the company for the opportunity.”

Chris Logan, Persimmon West Scotland Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted that both Billie and Chantelle have been honoured with the John Mather Award from Ayrshire College. Their time with Persimmon has been extremely impressive and they continue to set very high standards.

“As Persimmon’s first female apprentices in Scotland, they are demonstrating that a career in construction is open to everyone. The award is a fitting recognition of their hard work and determination to succeed.”

We are one of Scotland’s largest employers of bricklaying apprentices and we currently have thirty five apprentices on our developments, undertaking a mixture of bricklaying, joinery and roofing Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks. In 2022, we announced our ambition to recruit 50 female apprentices or technical trainees into construction related roles across the UK.

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