Score Group’s annual apprenticeship information night proved just as popular as ever recently.
More than 160 young people and their parents 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.
The company is the biggest single employer of 16-22-year-olds in the Peterhead area of Aberdeenshire and operates a highly acclaimed six-year Modern Apprenticeship scheme for engineers and other trainees.
Last year saw the company named Large Employer of the Year by Skills Development Scotland.
In an effort to further 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 in the Ian Cheyne Building at Wellbank, Peterhead. The aim was to build on the success of a similar event held last year and was particularly relevant in view of recent government figures which showed that national unemployment rates among 16-25 year-olds are about three times higher than in the overall population.
As a reflection of the diversity of work undertaken by the company, Score offers Modern Apprenticeship training in engineering with the opportunity to specialise in a vast array areas which include fitting and assembly, machining, engineering drawing, quality control and mechanical overhaul and test.
Throughout the evening there were opportunities for visitors to talk with staff representatives from different companies and departments within Score Group, all of whom work closely with apprentices in many of these disciplines.
At several of the stands there was also the chance to see some demonstrations and exhibits.
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 and their parents.
Score (Marine) Limited was represented at this year’s event and their exciting opportunities providing valve supply/services and technical support to NATO, Commonwealth and Allied Navies also stimulated a lot of interest.
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 association with the nearby Peterhead Engineers Development Limited (PEDL) who have a major input to apprentice training, particularly during the first year.
PEDL were represented at the event and their stand was dealing constantly with enquiries about the courses on offer.
If you missed the event but want more information about Score apprenticeships then contact Jenna Buchan on 01779 482217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org