Am Bratach No. 229
Ben was taken on as an apprentice by Skerray firm, David Bowes Heating & Plumbing, but following the tragic, fatal accident of David on February 2 of this year, Ben returned to college on his own initiative to complete his second year. He was subsequently adopted by his previous journeyman, Kris Scott, when North West Plumbing was set up and to his credit, and to both David and Kriss credit, has achieved a level of excellence in gaining this prestigious award. Eight years ago, Kris himself completed his own apprenticeship with David Bowes, whom he worked for until the latters untimely death.
Ben, a Shropshire lad, moved
north to help run Borgie Hotel, a family concern, seven years
ago. After a few years at the hotel he was thinking about attending
a college course in Aberdeen when he was invited to take up an
apprenticeship with David Bowes.
As the name suggests, North West Plumbing operates mainly in the area between Melvich and Ullapool. We do quite a lot of work in Assynt, said Kris, who lived in Clachtoll and Lochinver for eight years. The recession is not really affecting us so far, but I think if we had more men it would be.
PIC: Ben Stickland (left)
and Kris Scott