New College Lanarkshire apprentice wins top accolade

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A former apprentice at New College Lanarkshire has been named Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Jack Moran from Polmont, Falkirk has been named Apprentice of the Year in the Level 3 category at the annual awards held by Skills Development Scotland.

The IT and Telecommunications apprentice joined New College Lanarkshire’s Modern Apprenticeship programme in 2015 studying part-time while working at multi-national banking and financial services company, J.P. Morgan, where he is part of the Global Technology division.

A former pupil at St. Mungo’s High School, Jack completed his apprenticeship and a HND earlier this year, before starting a Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Software Development for Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.

He said: “In two years’ time, I will have a honours degree combined with four years of work experience. I think it’s really beneficial gaining the on the job training while also completing my studies. I have learned so much, it has been phenomenal.”

One of the best parts of Jack’s job is trying new things to keep ahead of rapidly advancing technology.

Since joining J.P. Morgan, the 25-year-old has been involved in development of full stack systems, focusing mainly on modern web technologies.

He said: “I love it, especially problem solving and looking for the best solutions.”

Jack was nominated for the award by Technology Excellence Manager Robbie Robinson at J.P. Morgan, who said: “Jack’s technical ability and team work skills meant he was immediately delivering value to the business.

“He did this by not only developing high quality software but also managing client interactions and key stakeholders, making him a stand out employee performing at a level expected from employees with far more experience.”

Jack’s lecturer while at New College Lanarkshire, Frank Duffy, said: “Since the start of his time on the HND day release part of his MA course Jack has demonstrated that he is an enthusiastic learner with excellent communication skills. 

“As an apprentice he is able to integrate quickly the practical skills he learns at work with the theory he is taught at college. 

“Jack has shown he can learn very quickly and can apply these new skills as a software developer both in the workplace and at college. 

“Jack has not only been an extremely effective contributor to team work exercises and assessments but has also been a mentor to the other apprentices. 

“He is an apprentice who is especially keen to learn about different aspects of his role as a software developer that he does not have exposure to presently within his team at work. 

“I believe that these skills he has developed on the college course has been an integral part of his development and will be of benefit to his work within JP Morgan. 

“The culmination of his HND course is the Graded Unit Project and Jack has produced an excellent piece of work which has resulted in an A grade of above 90 percent. 

“I am certain Jack will continue his thirst for knowledge and not only will flourish both at work and university but will turn into an excellent ambassador for the entire apprentice program.

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “An apprenticeship is a life changing opportunity – providing the chance, not only to work and earn, but also to achieve an industry recognised qualification to support future career ambitions.

“My warmest congratulations to all the worthy winners, demonstrating the fantastic work that both apprentices and their employers do, and particularly well done to Rosie on being named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year. I look forward to following their careers with great interest in the future.”

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony to take place at Kelvingrove Museum on Thursday 16 November.

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