Prior to this, Luke was invited to speak at the House of Lords at an Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Conference held to help private businesses engage with parliament. The cross-industry event in February, addressed a wide range of challenges, which companies are facing and was attended by a number of industry stakeholders and policy makers.
Luke was handpicked to represent the Construction industry and spoke confidently about the skills shortage in the Construction industry, highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and the skills they provide to help tackle this acute shortage.
Luke’s passion for speaking and shaping policy stems from his positive educational experience, which involved a mix of working, earning, and learning. Luke’s early education was at the Omagh Academy. After deciding A Levels were not for him, he progressed at the College studying a Level 2 in Wood Occupations and subsequently into Higher education.
High achieving Luke also received one of the most prestigious awards in his trade - the coveted ‘UK Apprentice (Award) Apprentice of the Year’ at the FMB Builder Awards in 2021. Luke hailed the apprenticeship route, for giving him the skills, confidence, and opportunity to achieve his goals.
With a construction apprenticeship shortage, he is now keen to shine a light on the value of apprenticeships and hopes to express this at the upcoming FMB Builder Conference.
He said: “The benefits of this route are undeniable, and it is vital that we all join together to highlight this and the importance of promotion, funding, and creation of apprenticeship opportunities to help tackle this shortage.”
Luke’s tutor Coleen Mc Carroll at the College said: “It is such an honour. Luke is such an inspirational learner in the College. Having won apprentice of the year and then continuing the apprentice programme into Higher Level Education, he is testament of the fabulous work and support the college provides. We are extremely proud and wish him every success in the future.”