Written by Maureen Rankin.
Published at 10:35 on 8 March 2015
New College Lanarkshire
A SECURITIES apprentice from New College Lanarkshire has been named Lanarkshire's Apprentice of the Year.
Reece Tham, 21, who lives in Eastfield in Cumbernauld, received the honour at a glittering bash at Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday, February 27.
He was nominated by his company, Cumbernauld-based security firm TS-UK, for the award at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.
Reece beat more than 30 hopefuls to take home the trophy, which was presented by comedian and BBC Scotland broadcaster Fred MacAulay and Colin Anderson, Development Director of Banks Group.
An independent panel of judges whittled the longlist of nominees down to a shortlist of five.
Reece, who is in the second year of a three-year Modern Apprenticeship in Electronic Fire & Security Systems, attends the Motherwell Campus of New College Lanarkshire every Thursday on day release.
The former pupil of St Maurice's High School said: "I'm so honoured to have won this award and I feel completely overwhelmed.
"My family, my work colleagues and my boss have all been a huge support.
"My mum and dad especially have taught me that I need to apply myself 100% to everything that I do.
"I'd really like to thank the panel who thought that I deserved to win."
John McCusker, Curriculum & Quality Leader for Electrical Installation & Securities at New College Lanarkshire, said: "The competition for this award was pretty fierce, so Reece’s achievement is very significant and is a credit to both Reece’s dedication and his employer's ongoing support.
"I have no doubt that Reece will have a successful career in the industry and I am proud that our Securities staff will have played a part in the development of a highly-motivated and knowledgeable young engineer."
Reece joined TS-UK, which specialises in electro-mechanical locks, in November 2011 as an Xtra Hands apprentice.
A spokesperson from TS-UK said: “Reece is an asset and a vital part of the engineering team and we believe his knowledge will take the company to greater heights in the realms of electronic security.
"Reece is a dedicated employee and is well-liked by both his work colleagues and customers.
"We are extremely proud of Reece’s achievements and TS-UK will continue to support his education and development within the company.”
Tarryn Robertson of event organisers Strategem said: "We had over 30 applications for this award category, which made it the hardest category to judge.
"Reece was identified as a highly-deserving winner and we are delighted that the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards was able to shine a light on all the five finalists in this category.”
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