Midlothian Council roads team wins award again

.Matthew Nisbet
.Matthew Nisbet

Midlothian Council’s roads team at Fushiebridge is celebrating yet again after another one of its trainees took the Edinburgh College apprentice of the year award.

Matthew Nisbet (17), followed in the footsteps of last year’s winner Marc Reid, scooping the Institution of Construction and Building Crafts award for First Year Highway and Roads Maintenance Student of the Year at Edinburgh College.

The students on Matthew’s course had to complete 13 weeks of their apprenticeship, with weekly reports on attendance, attitude and aptitude.

Matthew said: “I had no idea I was going to win. I only found out when I checked my emails on my phone. I was really pleased though.”

The ex-Newbattle pupil from Newtongrange says his parents, Irene and Eddie, are “really proud”.

He added: “I’ve had lots of friends and family saying the same thing.”

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member for roads services, congratulated Matthew.

He said: “A huge well done to Matthew and all our other apprentices working towards this qualification. You are a real credit to the council.

“We are committed to supporting young people, like Matthew, when they leave school to make sure as many of them as possible go on to have a positive experience. It’s heartening to hear how he’s already carving out a career for himself.”

Matthew still has another year of hard work to achieve his Scottish Vocational Level two qualification.

The teenager added: “I’m really hoping to get a permanent job. I really want to keep progressing (in my career) and to take advantage of any opportunities.”