Glasgow Kelvin College student, Jenna Morrow, has just become the very first female to be awarded the Institute of Refrigeration Apprentice of the Year!!
21yr old Jenna, from Easterhouse, is a time-served HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) employee with Mitie and has been undertaking her Refrigeration level 2 & 3 units on block release at the College. She was put forward by her tutors for the Scottish round of the competition in mid-November and, after breezing through as regional champion at the spectacular event at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow, she went on to the National Final in Manchester.
Her proud mum and fiancé were both there to witness her win through against 136 other apprentices in the UK, claiming the national award of a trophy and £600 worth of retail vouchers. The Institute of Refrigeration Award is around thirty years old and this is the first time it has been won by a female!
Jenna attended Glasgow Kelvin College throughout her HVAC apprenticeship and her tutors had no hesitation this year in putting her forward for the Institute of Refrigeration award. Kevin Muldoon, one of her tutors this year, said,
“Jenna always showed such promise and she has been a pleasure to teach. We’re very proud of what she has achieved as she epitomises what we’re about at the College – engaging with students and helping them gain the skills that will drive them to progress in their careers. We’re delighted to have played a part in her success.”
Jenna herself said,
“I feel absolutely brilliant about winning the award. I know it’s a real achievement. The College has been a great help with support and putting me forward for the award.
I hope to stay ‘on the tools’ and work towards becoming a Manager some time in the future. Mitie can also help with professional development and I hope to see myself moving up in the world.”
Alan Sherry, College Principal, said,
“Jenna is a remarkable young woman and we’re extremely proud of what she has achieved. She has shown that both men and women can be successful in these types of skills and we hope that she is blazing a trail for many young people in the future. A huge ‘congratulations and well done’ comes from everyone at Glasgow Kelvin College!”