NESCol host Scotland’s Best Engineering Apprentices for 2018 Craft Competition

Taking place last Thursday 14th June, the 2018 Scottish Engineering Craft Competition saw this year’s finest Mechanical and Electrical engineering apprentices in Scotland battle it out to win the prestigious titles.

Sponsored and organised by Score Group plc, the event was held at NESCol (North East Scotland College) campus in Fraserburgh; 16 engineering apprentices from 9 EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited) approved training centres in Scotland competed to win the Mechanical and Electrical titles.

As usual, this year saw a strong contingent of competitors traveling from throughout Scotland to participate, from Border Engineering Training Association, Melrose, in the south, to North Highland College, Thurso, in the north. Competitors were also entered from training centres including Peterhead Engineers Development Limited, Tullos Training Ltd and North East Scotland Collage.

The annual event is open to 1st year engineering apprentices under 21, each having been specifically nominated by their college or training centre due to their outstanding efforts throughout their first year. Each entrant is tested on their knowledge and skills they have gained during completion of the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2 qualification.

The grueling competition ran between 8am – 4:30pm, demanding a high degree of practical skill and technical knowledge to be displayed through a series of practical tests and test papers on their chosen disciplines. Each has the option to specialise in two chosen disciplines; vertical or CNC milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics. These tests will now be marked by the training staff within the host college, NESCol, and then verified by an external marker. An award ceremony will then be held later in the year by Score Group, to announce the winners and runners-up of each category.

Phil Wilson, Faculty Manager of Electrical, Mechanical Engineering & Technologies at NESCol said: “After a number of years of absence it was a pleasure to host the Scottish Engineering Craft Competition once more in the Fraserburgh Campus of North East Scotland College. The trainees, who travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to compete, displayed work of a very high standard on the day. Their training providers and employers should be justly proud of their achievement. We look forward to hosting the event at North East Scotland College in the near future.”.

Competitors and mentors from their training organisations were warmly welcomed with a pre-competition dinner the previous night, at the Tufted Duck Hotel, St Combs and were presented by Leighton Willox, Managing Director of Score Training, Neil Cowie, Vice Principle of NESCol and Dave Anderson, Director of Score Diagnostics Limited.

On behalf of Score Group plc, Director, Conrad Ritchie said: “Score Group are once again delighted to support and organise the annual Scottish Engineering Craft Competition, these youngsters are ambassadors for our world class skills base in Scotland, it is vital that the industry and those in public office show support. The future of engineering in Scotland is secure so long as the youth of today are encouraged to grow. Scotland’s home grown engineering talent pool is diminishing and future generations have to be developed to ensure longevity. Good luck to all competitors and thank you to all the employers and training providers that have shown a great example by taking part.”

The competition has been running for a significant number of years, and remains the hardest title in Scotland to be won by engineering apprentices. Score Group plc, amongst other organisations, are determined to ensure that this significant competition in the engineering industry runs for many years to come.