Young Apprentices Honoured With New Award

EnerMech has launched an Apprentice of the Year Award in memory of former QHSE manager Malcolm Kennedy.

Malcolm Kennedy was a champion of the mechanical services company’s apprentice scheme and took a strong interest in the welfare of EnerMech’s young employees and trainees.

Sadly Mr Kennedy died following a motorbike accident in June 2010 but his partner Julie Weir attended EnerMech’s Aberdeen headquarters when the inaugural award was presented to third year mechanical apprentice Steven Dey. 

Eddie Black and Ian Runcie, lecturers at Banff & Buchan College and who worked closely with Mr Kennedy in supporting the apprentices through the qualification process, also attended the ceremony.

EnerMech managing director, Doug Duguid, paid tribute to the valuable work started by Mr Kennedy. He said: “Malcolm recognised the life blood of any successful company is in the quality of its staff and was a great believer in assisting people of all abilities to fulfil their potential.

“He took a genuine interest in the progress and welfare of our trainees and was a strong advocate of developing an apprentice scheme which would evolve and mature, benefiting the individuals and EnerMech alike.

“Malcolm’s untimely death was a great loss, not only to his family and friends but to his colleagues at EnerMech, and we are pleased Julie could be with us at the inaugural Malcolm Kennedy Apprentice of the Year Award.”

Winner Steven Dey joined EnerMech in June 2009 and was the company’s 48th employee. He is now in the second year of his National Certificate and will go on to achieve an SVQ Level 3.

Stu Massie, a machine shop supervisor and one of the award judges said: “Steven has a serious attitude to work, always asks the right technical questions and is willing to learn and keen to pass on knowledge to those around him. The quality of the other contenders was very high but Steven was judged a deserved winner.”