Score Group is the biggest single employer of 16-22 year-olds in the Peterhead area of Aberdeenshire and operates a highly acclaimed 6-year Modern Apprenticeship scheme for engineers and other trainees which last year saw the company named Large Employer of the Year by Skills Development Scotland.
In an effort to further raise awareness of the variety of careers which Score has to offer young people, and to help potential apprentices make informed career choices, the company organised an Apprenticeship Information Evening on Thursday 13th March in the Ian Cheyne Building at Wellbank, Peterhead. The aim was to build on the success of a similar event held last year and was particularly relevant in view of recent government figures which showed that national unemployment rates among 16-25 year-olds are about three times higher than in the overall population.
More than 160 local young people and parents who had registered for the event were introduced to the work of Score which specialises, among other things, in the supply and service of valves and components for the oil and gas industries worldwide.
As a reflection of the diversity of work undertaken by the company, Score offers a Modern Apprenticeship training in Engineering with the opportunity to specialise in areas which include, but are not restricted to, Fitting and Assembly; Machining; Engineering Drawing; Quality Control; Mechanical Overhaul and Test; Technical Service and Support; Engineering Maintenance; Non-Destructive Testing. Throughout the evening there was the opportunity for visitors to talk with staff representatives from different companies and departments within Score Group, all of whom worked closely with apprentices in many of those disciplines.
At several of the stands there was also the chance to see some demonstrations and exhibits. For example, the recently developed and marketed Midas Sensor and Midas Meter, which monitor and test valves under working conditions using a sophisticated acoustic emission technique, attracted a lot of attention among the young visitors and their parents.
Score (Marine) Limited was represented at this year’s event and their exciting opportunities providing valve supply/services and technical support to NATO, Commonwealth and Allied Navies also stimulated a lot of interest. The potential effects of a ‘Yes’ vote in the forthcoming Scottish Independence Referendum, and the associated and damaging uncertainty which could result on the future establishment of such important contracts, was also a major talking point during the evening.
Although some may think of engineering as male-only territory, this is clearly not the case at Score where there are several female engineers currently enrolled on the apprenticeship scheme and many more girls undergoing their training to gain a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration. As part of their Modern Apprenticeship qualification, all Score apprentices and trainees must combine study with work experience to gain SVQ, NC and HNC qualifications. In this respect, Score work in association with the nearby Peterhead Engineers Development Limited (PEDL) who have a major input to apprentice training, particularly during the first year. PEDL were represented at the event and their stand was dealing constantly with enquiries about the courses on offer.
During the evening there was a series of conducted tours of the Score (Energy) workshops and Glen Test facility, where the scale and complexity of Score’s work on the service and repair of industrial gas turbines was demonstrated.
The event was seen as very successful by all involved at Score and received good visitor feedback, most importantly though a high number of local young people including school-leavers received the guidance that will help them make an informed choice on their future career.
If you missed the event but want more information about Score apprenticeships then contact Jenna Buchan on 01779 482217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org