The success of Scotland’s top Engineering Apprentices was celebrated at an award ceremony, held in Peterhead on Thursday 4th October, as the winners of the 2018 Scottish Engineering Craft Competition were presented with their awards.
The competition, sponsored by Score Group plc, has been running for over thirty years and remains to be recognised in the industry as the toughest competition of its kind for first year Engineering apprentices. Held annually, this year’s competition took place at NESCOL (North East Scotland College), Fraserburgh, back in June when 16 apprentices from 9 training centres and colleges battled it out to win one of two prestigious titles.
Open to every EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited, the awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and building sectors) approved training centre in the country, this year’s competition saw both Mechanical and Electrical engineering apprentices travelling from as far as North Highland College, Thurso in the North to Borders Engineering Training Association, Melrose in the South.
Sponsor Score Group plc was delighted to see a Score VAC Limited employee – entered by his training centre – Peterhead Engineers Development Limited (PEDL), winning first place in the Mechanical Engineering category, closely followed by another PEDL trainee, employed by Peterhead firm Bill Mackie Engineering in second place. This year also saw North Highland College and Tullos Training taking home first and second places in the Electrical Engineering Category.
Simon Turner, Operations Director of Score VAC Limited is very proud of their award winning apprentice: “Since joining Score VAC Limited, Ben has proven to be particularly competent and has shown a flair for mechanical fitting. The skills he developed at PEDL provided the perfect platform to develop the instrument fitting techniques that he applies daily in his role at our workshop. His attention to detail is of a very high standard which is reflected not only in his workshop-based role but also during time he has spent in a client-facing role, gaining experience within our sales office. We are very proud of Ben’s achievements to date and look forward to supporting him moving forward.”
The winners’ achievements are testament to the skills they have learned throughout their completion of the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2 qualification and how well they applied these skills and technical knowledge during the completion of a series of grueling practical and written tests. Each participant specialised in two chosen disciplines; vertical or CNC milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics.
Speaking at the awards, Leighton Willox, Director of Score (Europe) Limited, highlighted the fact that as a national competition, the skill level of each entrant is incredibly high. He said: “It was once again a pleasure for Score Group plc to be involved with the sponsorship and organisation of this great competition which year after year sees the best engineering apprentices in Scotland competing for the titles. Those presented with awards can be very proud of their achievements, they are already well on the way to highly successful careers in engineering.”
Score Group plc look forward to the continued success of the competition, with plans already underway to arrange next year’s event. Organisers are seeking a host and entry forms will be made available to all eligible training centres in Spring 2019.