Raymond has been learning on the job

Raymond McAlonan
Raymond McAlonan

A Bellshill IT technician is among the finalists in this year’s Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

Raymond McAlonan (21) is a contender in the Level 3 Apprentice category.

He works for social enterprise LAMH Recycle, in Motherwell which provides personal and occupational development opportunities to people facing barriers to employment.

Since starting his IT Technical and Telecommunications qualification Raymond has introduced more efficient systems that halved PC build and software installation times at the Range Road company.

The former Bellshill Academy pupil said: “I went to university but very quickly realised it wasn’t right for me.

“I wanted to be working and progressing my career right away, then I saw the apprenticeship at LAMH Recycle and was lucky enough to get the job.”

Since then Raymond has taken on more responsibility and now has a leadership role within the PC Build area that includes training and skills development of staff and volunteers.

He also looks after online sales and dispatching orders.

His apprenticeship supervisor, employment coordinator Tom Aiton, said: “Raymond started his apprenticeship with no technical IT skills, but has taken advantage of any opportunities to learn new things and develop his qualifications.

“He is always professional, welcoming, helpful and willing to take on additional responsibility.”

The awards ceremony takes place in Edinburgh later this week.