Rising star shortlisted for national award

February 8, 2024

Former North East Scotland College apprentice Lauren Moroney has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2024 British Education Awards.

Due to be held on 9 February in Manchester, the awards shine a light on those in the British education system with outstanding achievements. Lauren was nominated to represent Scotland in the vocational category, following her recent apprenticeship success.

Lauren completed her Business and Administration Modern Apprenticeship through NESCol and her employer, KR Group, in 2022.  She has since progressed into a Business and Accounts Coordinator role and is currently working towards a degree in Business Management through the Graduate Apprenticeship programme.

Nicola Fraser, Business Director at KR Group, said: “We are delighted that Lauren has not only been nominated for these prestigious awards but has now made it into the finals in her category. She is a brilliant example of workplace achievement and what the potential of apprenticeship schemes can offer students, whilst working full time.

“Lauren is a much valued and loved member of our team and this nomination is very well deserved.  We are excited to travel to Manchester for the finals this week.”

Lauren was KR Group’s first Business and Administration apprentice, having started with the company part-time as an office junior. She now volunteers as a DYW Ambassador, sharing her advice with young people about the benefits of apprenticeships and working in the construction industry.

Ian Runcie, Employer Engagement Manager at NESCol, commented: “We are always proud to hear of our students achieving great things and fulfilling their potential. Lauren continues to impress with her dedication and passion, inspiring young people and demonstrating the fantastic opportunities that can open up with apprenticeships.

“Congratulations to Lauren on her nomination and we wish her the best of luck at the upcoming awards.”

Lauren said: “Throughout my apprenticeship, supported by my Assessor, I was able to combine real-life, on-the-job training with theoretical learning and education. Experiencing both has progressed my career at KR Group and allowed me to earn while I learn.

“As a DYW Ambassador, I get the opportunity to speak to young people about the benefits of apprenticeships. It’s rewarding visiting schools and career fairs, speaking to students, and igniting the spark in those who may not have considered an apprenticeship, or career in construction.”

Lauren is pictured with an Apprentice of the Year prize she won while at College.