Apprentices gain top awards

Pictured (left to right) are  Alan Steele, Deacon of the Wrights and Coopers Incorporation (holding the Gordon Archibald Award Medal), Stephen Buchan, Mark Buchan and Daniel Webster.
Pictured (left to right) are Alan Steele, Deacon of the Wrights and Coopers Incorporation (holding the Gordon Archibald Award Medal), Stephen Buchan, Mark Buchan and Daniel Webster.

Three Buchan men have been honoured for their hard work during their studies at North East Scotland College at a formal event held in Aberdeen recently.

Brothers Mark and Stephen Buchan from Longside and Daniel Webster from Mintlaw were invited to attend a special award ceremony, hosted by the Wrights & Coopers Incorporation - one of Aberdeen’s seven incorporated trades, at Trinity Hall.

Mark and Stephen, who are both employed by Rob Buchan, have been attending North East Scotland College on a day-release basis to complete an HNC Construction course.

Daniel is nearing the end of his training as an apprentice joiner.

He is employed by Aberdeen City Council.

Mark and Stephen were among a group of candidates for the Gordon Archibald Award, for which they had to submit a design project which demonstrated their ability to apply what they had learnt throughout their year at College.

They were delighted when Stephen was named the winner with Mark runner-up.

Daniel was then presented with the gold award for a half door he produced to fulfil the requirements of his Carpentry & Joinery Advanced Craft course at North East Scotland College.

The judges were very impressed with Daniel’s work and his door was given the top award.

Commenting on the triple success, Bill Rattray, Head of School for Engineering, Science and Technology said: “The college is proud of its continued association with the Wrights and Coopers and is grateful for the encouragement it gives to all our joinery and HNC Construction students.

“This event congratulates students who have gone that extra mile to achieve craft excellence and we are delighted that family, employers and invited guests were able to share this experience thanks to the generosity of Trinity Hall,” he added.