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 apprenticeship scheme for engineers and other trainees.
In an effort to 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 28th March in the Ian M. Cheyne Building at Wellbank.
More than 200 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 : Fitting and Assembly; Machining; Engineering Drawing; Quality Control; Mechanical Overhaul and Test; Technical Service and Support; Engineering Maintenance; Non-Destructive Testing. Throughout the evening in the spacious and informal surroundings of the VITAL Training and Conference Centre, there was the opportunity 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 of the latest high-tech equipment being demonstrated. 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.
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 close association with the nearby Peterhead and District Engineers Limited (PEDL) who have a major input to apprentice training, particularly during the first year, and who recently were formally recognised as an approved SQA Centre. 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 Limited workshops and Glen Test facility, where the scale and complexity of Score’s ground-breaking work on the service and repair of industrial gas turbines was demonstrated.
The visitors were clearly impressed by what they saw and commonly heard comments were ‘ there’s such a lot of different things going on!’ and ‘what a huge place!’ and ‘I’ve never seen such clean workshops!’.
Carol-Ann Westland, Deputy Apprentice Co-ordinator, Score (Europe) Limited, remarked ”It’s always very important for local school leavers and others to be made aware of the wide variety of employment opportunities which are available. If we have managed this evening to give a better picture of the apprenticeships which Score can offer to ambitious and hard-working young people then we will have achieved our aim”.