AN INSPIRING young woman made history as she became the first female winner of a prestigious apprenticeship award.

Kelly Kerr, scooped the Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year award as she chases her dream career as an interior designer.

The high-flying student was presented with the award on Thursday, March 5 when she attended the bash at Ayrshire College John Mather Awards.

Kelly, who currently an apprentice painter and decorater with Ashleigh Building, successfully completed the City and Guilds Level 4 Painting Decorating course last season.

The ambitious learner was shocked to find out she had won.

She said: “I’m stunned to win this award, I really didn’t expect it. I’m hoping to become an Interior Designer eventually and winning this award has really given me the confidence to follow that dream career.

The course team gave Kelly high praise, a member of the team said she, “excelled in both practical and theory work at college. The course team described Kelly as a highly motivated student who is always keen to learn and apply herself to new challenges.

“Kelly is a popular student with both staff and her peer group and is always happy to help others.

At the awards ceremony, Kelly got the chance to meet Ayr Guildry’s new Dean, former MP Bill Grant.

Mr Grant, said: “I’m delighted to support the Apprentice of the Year award, it’s fantastic to see the calibre of apprentices we have in Ayrshire, and the role that the college plays in helping the next generation of apprentices become highly skilled in their trade.”