Alba apprentice winner Russell with managing director John Currie and Kevin on right

PRINT Scotland, the trade association and voice of Scotland’s graphic communication industry, has honoured five outstanding young apprentices in its fifth annual Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year awards.

The occasion is part of its mission to represent the Scottish print community and to highlight the profile of future leaders of the industry.

Garry Richmond, director of Print Scotland, said: “Scotland’s print businesses have played a critical role in fighting and overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. As essential workers, they have been at the forefront.

“Given that role, it is more important than ever that the industry needs to employ more apprentices to sustain Scotland’s print sector and the need to encourage more apprentices from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds.

“These awards recognise outstanding achievement amongst the young people who represent the next generation of our leaders of Scotland’s print sector.”

The winners of the 2020 Apprentice of the Year Awards were:

  • Overall Apprentice of Year – Marcus Urquhart, Ivanhoe Caledonian (Musselburgh)
  • Level 3 Pre Press – Bradley Melvin, JJR Print (Dumbarton)
  • Level 3 Post Press – Scott McNee, Bell & Bain (Glasgow)
  • Level 3 Print Administration – Elizabeth Paul, Bell & Bain (Glasgow)
  • Level 3 Press – Russell Williamson, Alba Print (Dumfries)

Iain Robertson, Print Scotland’s president, said: “Despite these highly unusual circumstances, we continue to celebrate the achievements of our young colleagues in acquiring future-proof skills to take Scotland’s print industry forward.

“Our members have demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 lockdown that print is an essential element in a civilised society.”