23rd November 2015

A Dundee hotel employee has been awarded the prestigious title of Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year.

Meetings and events co-ordinator Laura Burdin who works at DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee received the honour at Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards, delivered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Laura also won the Higher Level Apprentice of the Year category at the event in Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms from Chairman of SDS, John F McClelland CBE, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham and last year's winner Suzanne Birney.

Meetings and event co-ordinator Laura said: "I was really surprised when I won the Higher Level Award because I was glad just to have made it to the final, so I was very shocked when I heard my name being called out as the Apprentice of the Year. I am very grateful for the opportunities that my apprenticeship training has given me and the support I have had from my employers."

The 21-year-old - who also picked up the prize for Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year in September of this year - was recently appointed as meetings and events co-ordinator at DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee, which is operated by the UK's leading management company RBH.

The events professional seems to be enjoying the challenges of the role. "I feel the apprenticeship qualification opens doors and helps you progress in your career, whatever sector that might be in", said Laura.

Richard Ellison, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee, said: "We're extremely proud to see one of our own team members pick up such a notable accolade. Laura has been a wonderful asset to the team here and I have no doubt she will continue to thrive in her chosen field following a successful apprenticeship scheme.

"I think it's fantastic to see a member of the hospitality industry named as Modern Apprentice of the Year - the hotel industry has some amazing opportunities for young people looking for an exciting and varied career and Laura is testament to the success you can earn in this fast-paced sector."

SDS's Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: "Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards recognise the commitment to training show by employers and employees across the country. It's this continued commitment that will see the number of Modern Apprenticeship places increase each year from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2020. Laura is a great example of the benefits Modern Apprenticeships bring to individuals, businesses and the wider economy."