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Alongside his work at Aspen our Managing Director, Ken Dalgleish is also involved with the charitable activities of the Trades House of Glasgow and the Incorporation of Weavers.

Chief objectives for the Trades House include the encouragement of youth and support for education, particularly the Schools and the Further Education Colleges in developing craft standards. Key to this is the Modern Apprentice Award which has been running since 2006. It aims to encourage those embarking on Modern Apprenticeships to become proficient in their chosen vocation. The competition is open to Modern Apprentices employed in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

This year the Award was won by Lisa Murphy, a second year apprentice painter and decorator with City Building (Glasgow) LLP. Lisa, who lives in Shettleston, Glasgow, was presented with a cheque for £1,000, an inscribed quaich and the GMAA Cup, which remains on display at the Trades Hall of Glasgow in Glassford Street, home to the Trades House and its 14 incorporated crafts.

The GMAA ceremony was hosted in the Trades Hall by Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow, Ruth Maltman, and awards Co-ordinator, Ken Dalgleish:

"The applications this year have been of a high standard and reflect the diversity of organisations embracing the opportunity that the Modern Apprentice programme offers young people from all walks of life. This year we welcomed applicants from the textile industry and several individuals who had used the Modern Apprentice scheme to completely change career direction. We congratulate all participants this year and thank all their supporters for making the ceremony such a motivational occasion."

The recent Awards winner was interviewed by STV and this can be viewed at

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