McDermott Group trainee receives Glasgow Guarantee award

A trainee domestic energy assessor from Castlemilk is celebrating after receiving an award at Glasgow Guarantee’s Annual Celebration Awards.

Nineteen year old Shannon McLaughlin, who is currently undertaking a traineeship with building contractor McDermott Group, was named as the winner of the Jobs with Training Recognition Award at a glitzy awards ceremony held in Glasgow City Chambers.

McDermott Group’s Shannon McLaughlin is presented with her award by Martin Booth

Glasgow Guarantee offers support for training, work and job opportunities for Glasgow residents and its Annual Celebration Awards recognise the progression and achievements of young people and employers thought the city. Shannon was up against a shortlist of trainees from across Glasgow and was chosen as the winner of the award by a panel of judges made up of councillors from Glasgow City Council.

She was nominated by McDermott Group’s Louise Henry who recognised her determination to succeed in her domestic energy assessor traineeship which allows her to earn a wage while learning on the job. Shannon is also given a day every week by McDermott Group to work with a tutor to overcome literacy issues and she has taken the opportunity in her stride, working hard to develop in this area. Once she completes her work placement, she will be offered a permanent position with the company.

Speaking of her award win, Shannon McLaughlin said: “It was such a surprise when I was nominated for the award. There are so many good trainees that could have been picked and for me to be given this award is a real confidence boost. The ceremony was a great experience and something I won’t forget. I will continue to put in the hard work at McDermott Group and really enjoy my job.”

Louise Henry, senior regulatory & compliance manager at McDermott Group, added: “Shannon has shown true grit in overcoming a myriad of obstacles in her personal and professional life and hasn’t missed a beat in showing her willingness to learn. She is never late, always tries her best and is a valued part of the team. In addition to her traineeship, she is working hard to overcome literacy issues and has shown herself to be a worthy recipient of the Jobs with Training Recognition Award.”

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