CECA Scotland’s Most Promising Apprentice Win

Date Posted 30.03.23

Congratulations to our Trainee Engineer Christy Dickson who has been awarded CECA Scotland’s Most Promising Apprentice 2023.

Christy joined McLaughlin & Harvey in 2019 and has been based at our Hawick Flood Protection Scheme site since September 2020. Despite balancing working away from home on challenging projects and the impacts of Covid, Christy sailed through his Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) Foundation course and moved straight on to the HLA in Civil Engineering. He is currently in his second year and attends university every Thursday during term time.

Always willing to help encourage more people into the industry, Christy has frequently put himself forward to take on the additional responsibilities of mentoring and supervising young people or work-returners brought on-site for work experience, site visits or work placements. Last year, Christy helped guide eight S3 girl pupils from Hawick High School on-site as part of the CECA Scotland endorsed What_IF programme. Upon completion, the S3 girls were keen to explore opportunities in construction, with each offering compliments to and of Christy.

We are currently on-site at Hawick on one of the largest flood protection schemes carried out in Scotland. A state-of-the-art flood protection system to protect over 900 commercial and residential properties against 1 in 75-year flood events with the minimum disruption to local residents, businesses, the environment and wildlife.

I am very honoured to have won this year’s CECA Scotland award for Most Promising Apprentice. I cannot thank Seamus Devlin and the team at McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd enough for all the training, support and opportunities they have given me. As well as my family and friends who have helped guide me throughout these early stages in my career as a Civil Engineer.

Christy Dickson

Trainee Engineer at McLaughlin & Harvey

I have had the opportunity to work with Christy at the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme for the past two and a half years and I’m very proud of how he has developed into a very competent young engineer. From day one, he has shown a real willingness and eagerness to learn and advance his knowledge in civil engineering. His attitude, dedication and work ethic are exemplary. He works every other weekend on-site in Hawick due to his mid-week college day commitments back in Belfast. He has an excellent relationship with his peers, colleagues, subcontractors and client team, and I am delighted that he has picked up CECA Scotland’s Most Promising Apprentice award – thoroughly deserved.

Robin Erskine

Senior Contracts Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey
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