On the 27th June the annual Scottish IMechE Engineering Craft Competition was held with the top engineering apprentices in Scotland competing for the much coveted titles.
This year the competition, sponsored and organised by Score Group plc, was held in the Adam Smith College in Glenrothes where the competitors and mentors from their training organisations enjoyed a pre-competition supper on the 26th before taking part in the competition on the 27th. This is the second year that the competition has been held in Fife following last year’s very successful event at Carnegie College in Dunfermline.
The day of the competition is a great challenge for the competitors who have to undertake practical tests and complete test papers on their chosen disciplines under exam conditions. The competition runs from 8am to 4:30pm and truly stretches the competitors, requiring them to demonstrate a high degree of practical skill and technical knowledge. This year there were 16 competitors for the two titles, each hand-picked by their training organisation as outstanding talents. The competition is restricted to under-19’s who are currently in the first year of serving a Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland. This year’s competition has attracted competitors from as far afield as DSRL at Dounreay and the Borders Engineering Training Association in Melrose.
The north-east this year sent a strong contingent of competitors to the competition including two Score Group apprentices from Peterhead Engineers Development Ltd, two competitors from Banff & Buchan College and one competitor from Tullos Training Ltd.
This year for the first time there were two titles up for grabs as the competition was split into two sections allowing mechanical discipline apprentices and electrical/electronic discipline apprentices to compete for separate titles.
All of the practical work and test papers are scored by the training staff within the host college before being verified by the IMechE. Once all scoring and verification has been completed the winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony in late July.
Whilst the competition was underway the mentors accompanying the competitors were given a guided tour of the fantastic engineering training facilities at the Adam Smith College. This was the first time that the college has hosted the competition and sadly the last time the “Adam Smith” name will be used as the college is to amalgamate with Carnegie College in the coming months as a result of cutbacks and centralisation from the Scottish Government.
Aileen Lamden, Executive Director of Adam Smith College said “Adam Smith college has been delighted to work with Score Group and IMechE to host such an exceptional competition showcasing the talent of engineering apprentices across Scotland. The standard of craft skills on display is a testimony to the modern apprenticeship schemes delivered in partnership between companies and colleges.”
Score Group’s long-running association with the Engineering Craft Competition continues and the company was particularly happy that the competition could be hosted by Adam Smith College in Glenrothes following the opening of Score Europe’s newest facility in the Fife town only last week.
Conrad Ritchie, Deputy Managing Director of Score Europe said “We are delighted to work with Adam Smith College and continue this prestigious competition. The level of ability displayed by these competitors is exemplary and this is testament to the first class training they are receiving from their respective providers. We very much look forward to developing this annual event which clearly demonstrates the commitment of employers to grow and support talent in all areas of Scotland. The opportunities for Modern Engineering Apprentices in the UK and globally are abundant.”