Prestigious Award for Super College Student

A City of Glasgow College student has been presented with this year's Montgomery Award for Wall and Floor Tiling.

HND Construction Wall and Floor Tiling student, Mark Scott, received the award from one of the oldest Livery companies in London, The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers.

He was presented with a cash prize of £750, a silver medal and a framed certificate during a formal ceremony held in Trinity House in London. He said:

“It is a great honour for me to receive this award and it’s the culmination of an exciting few months. Taking part and winning gold in the WorldSkills UK Skills Show was a fantastic experience and one which I learned a great deal from. I am now training hard in order to try and secure a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.”

The 20 year old from Shotts was one of 17 students who travelled to Birmingham’s NEC for the 2017 WorldSkills UK Skills Show. He took gold in wall and floor tiling, helping City of Glasgow College secure the overall top spot in the WorldSkills UK competition.

Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, and WorldSkills UK Lead Ambassador for Scotland, Paul Little, said:

“Mark’s achievement is remarkable and I’m delighted that his hard work and dedication has been recognised by this significant accolade.

“At City of Glasgow College, we aim to equip each student with the hard and soft skills they will need to excel in the world of work. Skills competitions play a crucial role in improving standards in industry, and winning a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show demonstrates how well prepared Mark is to embark on his chosen career.”

In recognition of his success at the UK Skills Show Mark received a cheque from his employer and was invited to the Scottish Parliament to meet Airdrie and Shotts MSP, Alex Neil, who described him as “a talented and high achieving young man with a bright future ahead of him.”

The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers encourages excellence in the tiling and bricklaying industries and has awards for outstanding tiling and brickwork.