Microsoft announces winner of Modern Apprentice of the Year awards

Microsoft has crowned Daniel Morrison as winner of the 2015 Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year award at a ceremony in Scottish Parliament. 21-year-old Daniel, who works for Lockheed Martin in Glasgow, was chosen as the winner from the hundreds of apprentices backed by Microsoft and employed by its partner businesses.

Daniel was recognised for his exceptional contribution to Lockheed Martin since joining as an Apprentice Software Developer 18 months ago. Since 2015, Daniel has been in charge of scoping, designing, implementing and testing a vitally important functional area, as well as helping advocate for apprenticeships at company recruitment days, through blogs, and during a Skills Investment Plan reception at the Scottish Parliament.

Daniel Morrison, Lockheed Martin said: “It’s amazing – I didn’t really expect it but I’m so delighted.  The company’s been really good to me and it’s an amazing place to work. I love being a Software Developer and I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone. Apprenticeships are a great way to earn experience; by the time I got to my training courses with QA I’d worked out all the basics – you learn so fast when you’re actually doing the job.” 

Stephen Ball, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK said: “Since his first day at Lockheed Martin, Daniel has shown great potential. His success and title of Microsoft Modern Apprentice of the Year is well deserved and the result of a lot of hard work, determination and commitment. Daniel demonstrates the benefits that apprenticeships can bring not only to businesses but to individuals too. We hope that Daniel continues to be an ambassador for our growing number of apprentices and helps us to inspire more young people into considering opportunities in STEM careers.”