An apprentice from St Andrews University has been named the 2014 Microsoft Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year.
Sam Foster was chosen from hundreds of apprentices backed by Microsoft and employed by partner businesses.
He received his award by Angela Constance, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment.
The Microsoft apprenticeship programme aims to provide relevant training and skills to young people, and is supported by IT training providers QA and YouTrain.
Sam said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the University of St Andrews so far, and I’m so happy to have won this award. My apprenticeship has made me certain that I want to work in the IT industry and has given me a chance to get the skills I need to do just that.
“I would like to say thank you to Microsoft, the university and QA for giving me this opportunity.”
Angela Constance said: “The Scottish Government has ambitious plans for Scotland to be a world leading digital nation by 2020 and I’m delighted Microsoft is encouraging its partners to offer our young people opportunities to enter this job market. I wish all the Modern Apprentices the best in their future careers.”