Hanna wins top award - twice

Top apprentice Hanna
Top apprentice Hanna

A young woman has been recognised as the best up and coming apprentice winning Plumber of the Year for the second year in a row.

Hanna Muir (19) is in her second year of her apprenticeship at Glasgow Kelvin College.

And now for the second year running, she has been ranked the best student plumber in her class, beating around 20 other hopefuls.

The former Lenzie Academy pupil took up the trade simply as a means to ensure opportunities for her future.

She said: “I don’t really have a good reason for my career choice; I just wanted to leave school and wanted a trade behind me.

“Also I didn’t fancy studying at university for four years to then struggle to get a job.

“This way, I know I’ll always have work — people are always going to need plumbers.”

As a young female school leaver heading into a profession dominated by men, Hanna knew her choice would turn a few heads.

And while most people have no issue with her gender, some are less accepting.

“While most of the guys are fine with it, there’s always going to be a few who seem to have a problem with a woman on a construction site.

“But that’s something they’ll have to get used to. If they don’t like it — tough.”

Hanna has already worked on some major projects, including a 10-month stint on site at the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.

Her stepfather Andrew Blair, who is also a plumber, added: “I tried to talk her out of going into the business but she showed she was so determined to see it through. We’re all very proud of the her.”