Surprise, surprise for student Alex

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Alexander Buchan, from Peterhead, has been awarded with the Robertson’s Shield for Best Construction Student 2011-2012 at a surprise presentation.

Alexander was invited back to Banff and Buchan College on the pretext of reviewing his college work with his employers when he suddenly found himself centre stage!

The Shield and a £100 voucher were handed over by Mike Turner, contracts manager, Robertson Group.

Mike said: “This is our second year of sponsoring this award and we are delighted to present this to Alex.

“His lecturers tell me that he continually displays a can do attitude in every aspect of his College and working life. Robertson’s has a strong relationship with the College and we are delighted, once again, to acknowledge emerging talent”.

Kevin Bruce, curriculum leader added: “Alex’s work had always been to a high standard. However what impressed all the lecturers, myself included, was his continual offers of help and the way that he always wanted to be busy, volunteering for additional tasks”.

Alex joined Banff and Buchan College on the General Building course in summer 2011. After Christmas he moved on to the Get Ready for Work programme, designed to develop employability skills and attitudes that employers look for during the recruitment process. A big part of this programme is the practical element, which combined with behavioural and classroom based objectives ensures that students are well placed to take advantage of future employment opportunities.

After just six weeks on the programme, Alex gained a placement with Maskame and Tait, a joinery contractor based in Peterhead. His employers were so impressed with him after two weeks he was offered an apprenticeship. Alex has now returned to college to work on his SVQ 3 in Carpentry and Joinery.