Yesterday, 16 of Scotland’s top mechanical and electrical engineering apprentices battled it out at Tullos Training in Aberdeen to win one of two coveted titles at the annual Scottish Engineering Craft Competition. Two of these apprentices were employees of Score Group plc.
The competition is open to first year engineering apprentices at every EAL approved training centre in Scotland. EAL stands for Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited, the awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and building sectors.
In addition to competitors travelling from as far afield as DSRL Dounreay (Thurso) in the North and Border Engineering Training Association (Melrose) in the South, a third of this year’s participants were apprentices based in the North East; showing that in spite of the oil and gas industry downturn companies continue to offer valuable opportunities to develop and nurture engineering skill throughout the young workforce.
Organised and sponsored by Score Group plc, the competition is supported by Developing Young Workforce (DYW) North East.
James Bream, Director of DYW North East said: “At Developing Young Workforce we are all about inspiring young people and using real business people & employees to do that. We love to celebrate success and are happy to support the competition. We wish all of the participants good luck. An apprenticeship is a great way to start a career and the winners will have taken yet another step towards building a successful future”.
The competition – which has been running for over twenty five years – remains the toughest title in Scotland for first year engineering apprentices to win and sees trainees complete a series of on-the-day practical and written tests. Each participant specialises in two chosen disciplines; vertical milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics. All tests are based on the knowledge and skills gained during completion of the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2 qualification.
Winners will be announced in a few weeks’ time and an award ceremony to be held in October will recognise the first and second placed apprentices in both the Mechanical and Electrical categories.
Speaking on behalf of Score Group plc, Director, Conrad Ritchie said: “We are delighted to once again sponsor and take part in the competition. It is vital that we continue to engage with all training providers to motivate our youngsters to be the best they can be regardless of market conditions and to send a positive message to society regarding apprenticeships and the key role they play in the development of our future skill base. The standard of work shown by those taking part in this competition is a promising sign for the future of our industry. The participants are all winners and are displaying themselves as positive role models in the localities in which they live, work and train. I would like to thank all participating training providers, colleges and employers for their involvement and extend a special thank you to Tullos Training for hosting the event this year”.
We wish all those who participated the best of luck.