Clark IT runner-up in apprenticeship award

Clark Integrated Technologies has been awarded second place in the Microsoft Scottish Apprentice Employer of the Year award for small employers.

The Turriff-based firm was nominated by one of its own apprentices, Neil Warren, in the Scotland-wide competition to recognise the businesses helping young people take their first steps in a technology career.

During Scottish Apprenticeship Week in May, Neil accompanied his boss, Austen Clark, to the Scottish Parliament for the awards ceremony, where they were presented with the runner-up prize by Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

The judges said that they were impressed that Neil had put his employers forward for the award, demonstrating that “he was being ably supported in advancing his career.”

Austen Clark, managing director of Clark IT, said: “We had no idea Neil had nominated us for this award so it came completely out of the blue to be told we were shortlisted, and to be invited to Edinburgh to attend the presentations.

“Neil has demonstrated to us the benefits that apprentices bring to business, and we’re delighted that he has become part of the Clark family team.

“Employing young people as modern apprentices will certainly be something that we as a company will seek to pursue in the future.”