INEOS recognises achievements of Modern Apprentices - Legacy of highly regarded employee lives on through annual Award
Katie Cunningham and Logan Leishman have been announced by INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth and INEOS FPS as their Modern Apprentices of the Year for 2023.
The pair, both former pupils of St Mungo’s High School, have been recognised by their respective INEOS businesses for their hard work, dedication and achievements during their Modern Apprenticeship vocational training programmes.
For Katie the accolade of the INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth Apprentice of the Year also sees her presented with the ‘George Hall Achievement Award’.
In memory of George, who had worked for almost four decades at the site before his untimely death in service in 2015, his family donated an award in his name to be presented on an annual basis to a third or fourth year Modern Apprentice.
Andy Hughes, Operations Director of INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth, said, “Each year we seek to recognise an apprentice who has excelled in every aspect of their vocational training programme. Katie is a worthy award winner. She has impressed her supervisors at Forth Valley College and at the Grangemouth site with her attitude and her commitment to learning and development. As we move forward with our plans to deliver our Net Zero roadmap, it is important that we develop talent amongst all our employees. I firmly believe that our apprentices will play an integral role in the future success of our business and of the Grangemouth site.”
The awards of Apprentices of the Year were made in the presence of George’s widow, Jane and son, Chris.
Jane Hall said, “We are so pleased that INEOS continues to recognise the high achievements of its Modern Apprentices through the award in George’s name. George was such a strong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme during his career on the site and I feel sure he would have been so proud that Katie’s hard work, dedication and achievements have been acknowledged by the Company.”
Katie, a Process Modern Apprentice with INEOS Chemicals, commented, “I am extremely proud to have received this year’s Modern Apprentice of the Year and George Hall Awards. From Day One, we have been encouraged and supported by all those involved in the Apprentice Programme to do our best and to set ourselves high standards.”
Ewan MacAngus, Operations Director of INEOS FPS, said, “Each year the calibre of nominees from amongst our Apprentices-in-training continues to impress. It is testament to the commitment of the apprentices, their supervisors and assessors, underpinned by the high quality of teaching and learning at the College, that each year it becomes more of a challenge to select an Award Winner. However, for this year, that accolade falls to Logan and I congratulate him on his award and all of the other FPS Apprentices for their wholehearted commitment to the vocational programme.”
Logan Leishman, a fourth year Process Technician based at the company’s Dalmeny facility, said, “I am delighted to have been awarded the INEOS FPS Modern Apprentice of the Year for 2023. I would like to thank everyone for their support in helping me to achieve this award and in my on-going development towards qualifying as a Process Technician with INEOS FPS. As an Apprentice, and having joined the programme straight from school, there is tremendous guidance and mentoring in place from experienced and knowledgeable people that ensures we achieve our full potential.”
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The search for the 2024 intake of INEOS Modern Apprentices is underway. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2023 via https://www.ineosopportunities.co.uk/job/ineos-apprenticeship-2024-1632.aspx.