Carron apprentice makes his mark

Top apprentice Kris with Paragon colleague Callum Rennie
Top apprentice Kris with Paragon colleague Callum Rennie

Talented apprentice Kris Webster was part of an award winning team at a national event.

The 18-year-old from Carron and his colleagues were named the best at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ Apprentice Challenge, designing a community development for the future.

Their task was to deliver their ideas for a community build which would be sustainable and economically, environmentally and socially healthy for generations to come.

And what Kris and the rest of his ‘Empower’ team came up with led to them being presented with the top prize at the annual SFHA Conference in Glasgow.

Kris joined Paragon Housing Association last year as a trainee thanks to Falkirk Council’s employment and training scheme. He said: “The challenge was a great experience and I was able to improve my skills through the task. Paragon has been giving me lots of support to help me get on in a career in housing.”

The two-day challenge involved over a dozen other competitors, including Paragon colleague Callum Rennie (19) from Redding. It was designed to develop skills in leadership, team working, budgeting and communication as teams worked to deliver the best overall solution.

Paragon director Margaret Torrance said: “We’re thrilled Kris was part of the team that won the competition and that Callum took part too. The feedback from the SFHA on how both of them performed was great.”

Falkirk Council’s economic development spokesman Councillor Dennis Goldie said: “We’re delighted for Kris and Callum. This is another great example of the calibre of talented young people who go through our employment and training unit.”