Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017. Kieran, who works as a self-employed wall and floor tilling specialist in Mayobridge, was selected as the national champion for his tireless professionalism, high standard of workmanship and positive attitude towards his studies. He has already impressed his peers, having competed and won gold medals at SkillBuild Northern Ireland 2015 and WorldSkills UK 2015.
He stood out from the competition due to his strong commitment to personal development, progression within his chosen trade and dedication to his clients. As well as being self-employed, running a successful business and preparing for national competitions outside of working hours, Kieran is up at the crack of dawn to help out on his family’s dairy farm.
Kieran was nominated for the award by his CITB representative David Cooper, who sees Kieran as a shining example for the apprenticeship programme, explaining “Kieran is another of the highly skilled and motivated apprentice wall and floor tilers to emerge from Southern Regional College. His achievements are commendable and are worthy of recognition as among the best in the UK. His vocational ability, alongside his obvious work ethic are attributes that will pay dividends for Kieran in the future. His membership of the UK squad and his progression towards team selection for World Skills 2017 is a reflection of his potential to represent the UK at the highest level in vocational competitions.”
The FMB believes firmly in supporting businesses that invest in the future workforce by taking on and training apprentices, and Kieran is a shining example of the benefits of investing in young builders and tradespeople. His attitude and tireless efforts matched with good humour make him a very worthy winner of the Apprentice 2017 title.