14 November 2013
National awards for apprentices and
An apprentice who introduced a meat delicacy from the most
southern part of Africa to the most northern part of the UK has
been named Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year.
Jurgens Joubert, from Shetland, also won the Level 3
Apprentice of the Year category at the Awards, delivered by Skills
Development Scotland, in Glasgow Science Centre on Wednesday 13
He works with Whiteness butcher J and K Anderson and his
specialist meat and poultry skills apprenticeship included
everything from meat preparation to packaging, stock control to
His line manager Stuart Eunson said Jurgens applied himself in
an exceptional manner and was soon developing new products -
including biltong, a taste from his South African homeland.
Jurgens also brought his IT skills into play and developed a
system to keep costings and pricings up to date that now takes
minutes instead of hours.
Stuart said: "He is the best apprentice I have had. He was quick
to learn and got both the practical and theory sides of his
apprenticeship without any trouble," he said.
"I would say to any companies considering taking on an
apprentice to go for it. I think without doubt that apprentices can
bring good benefits to companies. The more apprentices there are,
the better I think it would be. It was where I started in the
business and it is a very good way to get into the industry and
progress from there," explained Stuart.
Based at the firm's north premises, Jurgens spends his days
preparing Anderson's ready to eat products and speciality
Jurgens, speaking at the Awards ceremony, partnered by GTG
Training, said: "I was amazed and am delighted to receive both of
the Awards. It was a real surprise and a bit of a shock but I am
excited and elated."
Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, said: "All of
this year's winners are to be commended for their hard work. These
awards rightly celebrate all that is great about Modern Apprentices
in Scotland and underline the qualities that they bring to our
workplaces. I regularly visit employers of all sizes and am
constantly impressed at how positively young people employed as
Modern Apprentices are making their mark.
"We are making good progress in reducing levels of youth
unemployment. Already this year, we are well on our way to
achieving our annual target of seeing 25,000 new Modern
Apprenticeship places created. I wish all this year's winners well
as they continue their career journeys."
Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates:
"Jurgens' achievement shows the drive and determination to succeed
that apprentices bring to the workplace and how employer commitment
to Modern Apprenticeships is vital to help develop our workforces
of the future."
David Scott, Chief Executive of GTG Training, said: "Everyone at
GTG Training has taken great pleasure in being part of this year's
Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards. Wherever businesses and
organisations have had the foresight and determination to employ a
Modern Apprentice, and wherever a Modern Apprentice has committed
to a specific career, it is important to recognise those
contributions to Scotland's economy and to the success of the
employing organisation. Our heartiest congratulations to all the
finalists and winners of these Awards, and our thanks to Skills
Development Scotland for their contribution to employment generally
and youth employment in particular."
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Notes to Editors:
Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2013 - winners
Apprentice of the Year - Level 2 -Jemma Oliver
- Kirkcaldy, Fife
Apprentice of the Year - Level 3 -
Jurgens Joubert - Whiteness, Shetland Islands
Apprentice of the Year - Technical and
Professional - Neil Stewart - Bishopton, Renfrewshire
Apprentice Champion - Rory Gregor - Petrofac,
Micro Employer - 10 employees or fewer -
Majella's Coffee Shop - Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire
SME Employer - Between 11 and 249 employees -
Hyspec Engineering Ltd - Stewarton, East Ayrshire
Large Employer - Between 250 and 4,999
employees - Score Europe Limited - Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
Macro Employer - Over 5,000 employees - BT
Plc - Glasgow
Public Sector Employer - City of Edinburgh