Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, scaffolding specialists A&J Maintenance Support Ltd. (A&J) revealed recently that one of their employees and management family member, Lisa Duncan was named as a runner up of the NASC apprenticeship awards 2016, which were announced at the NASC’s AGM in Amsterdam.
“We are led to believe Lisa is the first female Scottish fully Qualified CITB, CISRS scaffolder and contracting NASC member to date but third female Scottish CITB scaffolder. What she has achieved so far is incredible and we as her employer are immensely proud,” said A&J spokesperson Jaclyn Duncan.
NASC Apprentice of the Year Scheme Judge Paul Gaze of CITB said in a statement, “This year’s awards were very tough to judge, with a record number of quality entries from NASC members across the UK. Whilst it was a difficult process, two candidates in particular stood out – demonstrating their commitment to the scaffolding and access industry. They are a credit to themselves and their employers.”
Dave Mosley, NASC director of training and CISRS scheme manager said, “Congratulations to both winner Kier Phur and runner-up Lisa Duncan. This NASC Apprentice of the Year award is a great way of promoting the many apprenticeships NASC member companies create year on year – providing a backbone and lifeblood to their firms.”
A&J told Project Scotland magazine Lisa holds a degree in accountancy and law but wanted to qualify as a scaffolder after being asked to join the family business (A&J) where Lisa’s mother, June Duncan is a company director and sister, Jaclyn Duncan is the company secretary.
Project Scotland reported that Lisa is now one of only three female NASC, CITB qualified CISRS scaffolders in Scotland. Lisa told the magazine that she wants to spend more time on site and also intends to obtain her CISRS Scaffold Supervisor and Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme qualifications.
“Lisa is herself very proud of her recent collaboration with local schools off the back of her achievements and is fronting a “Girls in Construction” workshop through Go Construct (CITB) as an Ambassador later this month and is already in discussions with more Dundee & Angus schools regarding more construction (not just scaffolding) workshops for pupils considering a career in construction,” said Jaclyn Duncan.