“I’m working towards becoming a Scottish Para-Badminton player and have played football for Scotland’s Under 19’s Disability Team.”
Murrie Robertson, Active Schools Modern Apprentice – East Ayrshire Council
Almost 2 years ago, 19 year old Murrie Robertson was attending Park School in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire whilst continuing his love of sport in his spare time. Murrie was working extremely hard towards becoming a Scottish Para-Badminton player and playing football for his country in the Scotland Under 19’s Learning Disability Team.
During his time at school he was introduced to Active School Co-ordinator, Gary Seymour, who informed Murrie of the Modern Apprenticeship opportunities available within East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities department.
“When recruiting for Modern Apprentices Murrie was currently a Sports Ambassador within the school, he was representing his country for football and badminton at the time so he had a really keen interest in sport. Through the application form he was able to express what he had achieved and during the interview process he excelled and came out on top through speaking and past experience in sport.”
Although Gary highlighted Murrie had excelled throughout the process, Murrie himself felt the interview was a big challenge and something he was proud to have overcome.
“The interview was a bit of a challenge as I had never been for a job interview before and when I got the Modern Apprenticeship I thought this was going to be good instead of having to go to college as I would be getting full time work.”
Although Murrie suffers from a learning disability he has certainly not let that get in his way of achieving success throughout his adult career. Line Manager Gary felt in order for Murrie to be recognised for all his hard work and commitment to East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities, it would be a good idea to enter Murrie into the Scottish Apprenticeship of the Year Awards 2016. After being shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year Level 2 Award Murrie and the rest of the team were overwhelmed when he was announced as the winner of the category at the annual awards night held in November at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
“We decided to enter Murrie into the apprenticeship awards due to his dedication and enthusiasm over the past 18 months. He has shown commitment and has developed so much. He has came from being a shy boy that didn’t want to interact with anybody to being one of the main people in the office who everyone has a laugh and a joke with. He is trusted to go and lead things on his own now and his growth over that period of time has been immense so we thought he would be the ideal candidate for the awards.”
When asked what winning the award meant to him, Murrie responded by saying:
“Winning the Modern Apprentice of the Year Award was absolutely tremendous not just for me but also the department that I work in and most importantly to the young participants that I have coached and the multiple schools across the authority.“
With all his hard work and commitment it is clear to see that Murrie will no doubt have a successful career ahead of him and has made a difference to a number of young people within East Ayrshire. We wish Murrie every success in his future.
You can watch some of the action from the awards night in Edinburgh through the video below or by clicking here.
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