21st September 2018
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Estate operations man makes apprenticeship final

A council worker who has risen to manage projects is among the finalists in Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

Michael Leftwich is hoping for success in the Higher Level Apprentice category of the Awards, which are organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Mr Leftwich has worked in the building services team at Shetland Islands Council for four years and was chosen for a higher level apprenticeship because of his enthusiasm and willingness to get things done.

His manager and Shetland Islands Council’s executive manager of estate operations Carl Symons said: “We had a large number of applications, but Michael stood out because he was as keen as mustard and had a real ‘can do’ attitude. He has brought an incredible ability to research which is very important in his role, and that’s combined with infectious enthusiasm which he has maintained since the very start.”

The 30-year-old is based at the SIC’s Gremista depot. He completed his technician apprenticeship in built environment design and plans to become chartered with the Chartered Institute of Building where he started at student level, progressed to associate level and is now at incorporate level.

During his apprenticeship, Mr Leftwich opted to improve his computer drawing skills by going to evening classes as part of an HNC in construction management. He also achieved SVQ Level 3 and SVQ Level 4 qualifications in built environment design.

Mr Leftwich, who lives in Lerwick, completed a course in quantity surveying when he realised it would be useful for him and his employer.

He said: “I did a bit of research online to find the best course in terms of content, but also on a timetable which would mean less time away from work. It meant more study in my own time, but it was worth it.”

He studied for a qualification as an assessor for domestic properties that means he can help people apply for home insulation grants – reducing C02 emissions and their energy bills.

Mr Leftwich is now managing projects – including a school extension which he oversaw from start to completion.

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