SSE employee named Higher Level Apprentice of the Year

SSE employee Emmet Lagan, from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, was named Higher Level Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 NI Apprentice of the Year Awards, organised by the Department of Employment and Learning.

Emmet received his award on the night from Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry. The awards ceremony took place at the Titanic Centre in Belfast on 20 April, and was hosted by local radio presenter Pete Snodden.

Emmet is working for SSE, while completing a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Engineering at the South West College campus in Omagh.

Higher Level Apprenticeships allow individuals to develop professional and technical skills, as well as gaining a targeted higher level qualification while in paid employment.

Emmet joined SSE in January 2009 and is currently working as an Operations Supervisor for a number of the company’s wind farms in Northern Ireland. He has always had a strong interest in the technical aspects of the role and wanted to build on this by furthering his education at South West College. Emmet is due to move into an electrical engineering role with the company in the weeks ahead.

Speaking about his award, Emmet commented:

“I’m delighted. I didn’t expect to win at all. It’s great that SSE has provided me with the opportunity to complete a Higher Level Apprenticeship and further my educational and career development, and it’s nice to see this award being celebrated within the business. I’m starting in a new role with the company soon, so I’m looking forward to plenty more exciting times ahead.

“South West College has provided me with fantastic support and my tutors are all extremely helpful. I want to say a big thank you to the college for all their help, including putting me forward for this award!”