Apprentices compete for top Craft titles

These apprentices took part in the Scottish Engineering Craft Competition last month
These apprentices took part in the Scottish Engineering Craft Competition last month

Apprentices from across Scotland competed in the Scottish Engineering Craft Competition last month.

The event, held on Thursday, June 23 in Thurso, saw 14 of the top engineering trainees from eight colleges and apprentice training centres across Scotland battling it out to win one of two coveted titles.

Each entrant is specially selected by their college or training centre to take part in the competition which tests the knowledge and skills that are gained during completion of the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2 qualification.

At a pre-competition dinner entrants were addressed by Mick Moore, Technical Director at DSRL Dounreay and Alan Ogg, Assistant Director at North Highland College/University of the Highlands and Islands.

Competitors included Border Engineering Training Association (Melrose), Angus College, Edinburgh College, Tullos Training, North East Scotland College and Peterhead Engineers Development Limited.

Host centre North Highland College and joint-sponsor DSRL Dounreay also each made two entries.

Trainees completed a series of on-the-day practical and written tests, each opting to specialise in two chosen disciplines; vertical or CNC milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics.

All tests will now be marked and independently verified to determine which trainees will be awarded the esteemed first and second placed prizes for both the Mechanical and Electrical categories.

Event sponsors Score Group plc will host an awards ceremony for the winners and representatives of their employers/training centres later on this year – Prizes will be sponsored by DSRL Dounreay.