Apprentice Simon wins top industry award

Simon was announced as the winner of the AG Barr Flying Start Award.
Simon was announced as the winner of the AG Barr Flying Start Award.

Simon Gemmell, a 19 year-old apprentice with ASCO, was recently announced as the winner of the AG Barr Flying Start Award at the Trust’s 10th anniversary Celebrate Success Awards at the end of November.

Simon, who was one of three nominees from across Scotland, won the award based on his progress through a part-time course and successfully getting an apprenticeship with ASCO.

The awards celebrate the achievements of young people from across Scotland who, with the support of The Prince’s Trust, have turned their lives around.

The Trust works on getting young people back into education, helping them into employment and supporting them in starting their own business.

Simon’s criminal justice worker referred him to Team, a programme from The Prince’s Trust that aims to improve the employability prospects of unemployed young people. During the course of the programme, Simon learned how to control his anger, work in a team, and build positive relationships with peers and authority figures.

He later attended a career fair and secured an apprenticeship with ASCO at their Peterhead offshore supply base.

Simon said: “I got a phone call asking if I wanted a job. I didn’t think anybody that had been through the things that I had or had no qualifications could end up with a fantastic job. There’s always something new to learn.”

Derek Smith, ASCO’s chief executive, added: “Simon is a fantastic role model for many young people out there. I’m delighted he has become a part of ASCO and is doing so well in his job.”