Presentation for local apprentices

Liam Fitzell and Mitchell Runcie
Liam Fitzell and Mitchell Runcie

North East Scotland College (NESCol) held a Modern Apprenticeship presentation evening during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Liam Fitzell from Boddam and Mitchell Runcie of Longside received awards at the presentation evening.

Liam has just completed his Level 3 Engineering apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding.

“It all began with the College’s Skills for Work Engineering course at school,” he said, “which was recommended to me by my guidance tutor.

“A college lecturer came into class once a week and I knew then that I wanted to find an apprenticeship and acquire good trade skills.”

Liam found employment with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

His apprenticeship initially involved attending College five days a week to complete his Performing Engineering Operations qualification in 6 months.

He then moved onto his National Certificate where he attended College one day a week whilst working towards his SVQ Level 3 qualification in the workplace with visits from his College assessor.

Liam added: “It took some time to get the hang of welding – and I am still learning – but I really enjoy it. I have developed a broad range of skills and I am really pleased that I decided on the apprenticeship route.”

Meanwhile Mitchell recently completed his City & Guilds Level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship.

His love of all things car related began as a teenager, helping his older brother Bruce work on his Stock Car which he raced at Crimond Raceway.

Mitchell said: “Bruce taught me everything as a young boy, I got a Saturday job with Duthie Motors near Peterhead and at the end of my fourth year at school I was offered an apprenticeship.

“I have always known that I wanted to work with cars.

“Staying on at school just didn’t appeal to me so I began my apprenticeship and went to College on day release. This meant that for most of the week I was hands on and every Thursday I attended College for the theory – understanding in greater depth how all the component parts work. I found that the mix of practical and college learning really suited me.”

He works as part of a small team in the workshop.