Supported Learner wins Overall Apprentice of the Year

21 year old student Darren O’Donnell from Possilpark saw his hard work and determination rewarded this year when he picked up the Overall Apprentice of the Year prize at City of Glasgow College's recent summer graduation celebrations.

The SVQ Floorcovering Occupations graduate who is profoundly deaf, said he was delighted to be recognised in this way, and was grateful for the individual support and encouragement he received during his time at college. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have won Overall Apprentice of the Year. There are so many talented and skilled apprentices at City of Glasgow College, any of whom could have won this award. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the lecturers, staff, and classmates who have made my time at college so rewarding,” he said.  

Darren added, “Lecturers and staff really helped me by providing a sign language interpreter, a scribe, and a one-to-one tutor. They took the time to ensure that they made eye contact with me and gave me extra support both in the classroom setting and in the workrooms. It really put me at ease and I would highly recommend studying at City of Glasgow College to any future students, particularly those who might need a bit of extra support.”

Paul Little, City of Glasgow College Principal & CEO said: “The Overall Apprentice of the Year prize is hotly contested each year and to win this prestigious award shows an exceptional level of skill. Darren is a great example to others of winning perseverance and commitment. We wish him the very best for what will no doubt be a great career ahead.”

Darren was presented with his award by Scottish actor and star of the hit show Still Game, Mark Cox.