Dannielle top of the class

North Lanarkshire Apprenticeship Awards overall winner Dannielle Donnelly (front centre) and the category winners, Holly Pender (left), Christopher Naules (right) and Iain Colvin of Dalziel Mechanical Services (back centre).
North Lanarkshire Apprenticeship Awards overall winner Dannielle Donnelly (front centre) and the category winners, Holly Pender (left), Christopher Naules (right) and Iain Colvin of Dalziel Mechanical Services (back centre).
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A nursery nurse based at a nursery in Eurocentral is feeling top of the class after being names North Lanarkshire’s top apprenctice.

Dannielle Donnelly scooped the overall prize at the inaugural North Lanarkshire Working Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held in Coatbridge.

The 21-year-old, who works for the Papillon Nursery in the Maxim Office Park at Eurocentral, enjoyed a double success as she also took the Level 3 Apprentice honour.

Danielle said: “It was a huge honour to win both the awards, in fact it’s all a little overwhelming.

“I’m very proud to be working at Papillon and hope to continue working hard both there and at every opportunity to promote apprenticeships amongst the young people of North Lanarkshire.

“My apprenticeship through North Lanarkshire’s Working’s Youth Investment Programme has changed my life; I’d like to see many more local young people benefit from the apprenticeship experience.”

Another winner was 19-year-old Christopher Naules, from Netherton, who works for Bellshill firm KD Doors and who lifted the Level 2 Apprentice of the Year accolade.

He said: ““Winning this award means a lot to me. It was thanks to North Lanarkshire’s Working’s Xtra Hands programme that I got a position with KD Doors in the first place.

“Now I’m in my second and final year at college and everything’s going well.

“The support I get from my work colleagues pushes me forward and I’m confident of finishing this with the qualification I want.

“The last two and a half years have been great. Hopefully within the next two-and-a-half years I’ll be a senior engineer with much greater responsibility.”

Among the other Level 2 nominees were Matthew Wick (20) and Amie Halloran (20), both from Motherwell and employed by MKA Commercial Ltd.

Level 3 nominees also included Leona Rodden (26), from Craigneuk, who works for Cofely.

Among the business admin nominees was Heather Patterson (21), from Motherwell and employed by GDC Precision Engineering.

And among the nominations for the SME Business of the Year award were the Papillon Nursery and

Long Lane Deliveries from Bellshill.