On 27th September the valuable contribution made to the training of engineering apprentices in Peterhead by Gordon Milne was recognised, as the Peterhead & District Group Training Limited HQ (PDGTL) at Blackhills, was named ‘The Gordon Milne Building’. This building and its dedicated staff play an important role in the practical training of apprentices and trainees, primarily from Score, at all stages of their Modern Apprenticeships.
The official naming ceremony was held outside at the front of the building in the presence of Gordon’s PDGTL colleagues, former Score colleagues and current apprentices and trainees. A plaque sculpted from red Peterhead granite and bearing the new name of the building was unveiled before Charles Ritchie, Score Group plc Chairman, who congratulated Gordon and thanked him for his huge contribution at the Training Centre.
Born on 18th October 1947 into a farming family at New Leeds in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, Gordon who now lives in Mintlaw, was employed for many years at the Cleveland Twist Drill factory in Peterhead, before joining Score (Europe) Limited in 2000. During his time as Score’s Apprentice Co-ordinator up to 2012, Gordon has been instrumental in shaping and structuring the paths of more than 350 young engineers and others as they gained SQA qualifications and work experience during their progression through the ranks of the company. In addition to his role within Score, Gordon also took on the Chairmanship of PDGTL and was a major guiding influence in that role for 8 years, leading the organisation through significant change.
Despite retiring from Score in 2012, Gordon continued as part-time Chairman of PDGTL thus continuing to pass on his considerable knowledge and experience to future generations of engineers.
Known for his wide knowledge, effective communicating skills at all levels and his friendly and down-to-earth attitude, many senior engineers in Score Group and elsewhere have good reason to be thankful for Gordon’s guidance and encouragement during their early careers.
When not involved with Score and PDGTL, Jaguar enthusiast Gordon enjoys shooting and also hunting down bargains at local auctions, car-boot sales and antique fairs. However, there is no truth in the rumour that the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ team after visiting Gordon at his Mintlaw home to assess his collection with a view to a future broadcast, quickly gave up on the idea when they saw the size of the task ahead!
Gordon spoke to the gathered crowd after unveiling the plaque and typically he spoke of the opportunities for young engineers and encouraged those apprentices and trainees present to maximise their potential. Gordon’s presence will be sorely missed by PDGTL but the legacy of his tireless work will continue to benefit many future generations of young engineers in the Buchan area.