News / 23.11.21

NASC Apprentice of the Year 2021

Introducing Adam McLennan

Introducing City Access Scaffolding Ltd’s Adam McLennan, winner of the 2021 NASC Awards Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by CISRS.

Tell us about Adam:

City Access Scaffolding: Adam is 22 and feels like he has finally been given an opportunity to progress. Prior to joining us, Adam worked for another scaffolding company for 18 months, there was never any talk of progression or an apprenticeship which made him feel very undervalued.

From the age of 12 to 16, Adam was in care and attended a residential school due to continuous disruption and truancy. Speaking to Adam, you would never associate him with being disruptive or disrespectful in any way, in fact, I can honestly say he is the polar opposite!

For more about Adam, watch this short video here.


What makes Adam stand out?

City Access Scaffolding: Completing your scaffolding apprenticeship during the pandemic has been both challenging and disappointing, especially with college cancelling scheduled courses. Adam was eagerly awaiting to attend his Part 1 training at college back in June, which was unfortunately postponed.

Adam has been committed to his practical learning, which is recognised by his chargehands and is often reported back to his supervisors and directors. Prior to attending his proposed Part 1 at college, Adam took the initiative to call Operations Director, Jonathan Allan, to request he be moved to a different project for a month to ensure he had good tube & fitting experience in preparation for training.

We have never had this kind of initiative from an apprentice before so we were delighted to oblige.

Adam won “Employee of the month” back in June for his continued great attitude to work. He is always so respectful, warm and engaging with both clients and his peers at work. As a small token, we offer the employee of the month a £25 voucher.

Adam selected a Cafe Nero voucher to share with his squad. He is most definitely a team player.


Can you provide an example of Adam helping others?

City Access Scaffolding: During July the business had a particularly difficult month, our Technical Director, Mark Skinner, was in hospital for 13 nights with Covid-19 and at the same time we had over 25% of the staff off with Covid-19 or due to isolation. It was a challenging time for the business due to labour shortage however Adam offered to come back from his annual leave a couple of days early to help the team. We were incredibly grateful for this!

We have lost count how many chargehands have requested that Adam is in their squad. It’s fed back that Adam can read the job well and have materials ready before they even ask. He is organised, efficient and an absolute credit to City Access. We are looking forward to watching him progress within the industry.


Client testimonial:

“It’s been a pleasure getting to know Adam on-site here at Rosebank Distillery. He is always keen and eager to please and is a great representative for City Access Scaffolding. It’s nice to see such a young man take great pride in his work.”

Michael Russell, Senior Site Manager at ISG


NASC Awards Judges comments:

“Adam McLennan’s entry stood out in a field of high-calibre submissions. Judges felt Adam’s fantastic work ethic, initiative and selfless attitude shone through. This was summed up when Adam chose to share his recent Employee of the Month reward with his team members. For this reason and more, Adam McLennan is a worthy winner of the 2021 NASC Apprentice of the Year.”


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