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Apprentice Kieran heralded as best in Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

MAYOBRIDGE apprentice, Kieran Magee, has been named the Northern Ireland Apprentice 2017 in the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) Master Builder Awards.

As part of the Master Builder Awards the FMB carries out a nationwide search to find the building industry's best apprentices.

Kieran, who works as a self-employed wall and floor tiling specialist in Mayobridge, Newry, was chosen in a fiercely contested competition and recognised for his high standard of workmanship and professional attitude toward his work and studies.

Nominated by his CITB representative, Kieran has impressed his peers, having competed and won gold medals at SkillBuild Northern Ireland 2015 and WorldSkills UK 2015.

His membership of the UK squad and progression towards team selection for WorldSkills 2017 is a reflection of his potential to represent the UK at the highest level in vocational competitions.

The best in Northern Ireland will now go up against other winning apprentices from around the UK with a chance to claim the coveted national Apprentice 2017 crown, as well as a cash prize of 500 from the FMB. The national winner will be celebrated at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on September 15, 2017, and awarded their accolade by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.

Gavin McGuire, Director of FMB Northern Ireland, said: "This is a great opportunity for the FMB to reward the talented apprentices on which the UK construction industry will rely in the years to come.

“This award is a testament to their hard work and enthusiasm in their chosen occupation. Kieran is a shining example of how commitment, dedication and determination can achieve results and we wish him luck in the national final."

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