Apprentices battle it out in competition

Competitors at the competition.
Competitors at the competition.
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The 2014 Scottish Engineering Apprentice Craft Competition was held at the EKGTA (East Kilbride Group Training Association) training centre recently.

This annual competition, sponsored by the IMechE and Score Group plc, brings together competitors from colleges and training centres throughout Scotland for a one-day competition to find the best engineering apprentices in the country.

The North East was well represented by five competitors from Peterhead Engineers Development Ltd, Tullos Training Ltd and North East Scotland College.

Each entrant was specially selected by their college or training centre to compete in the competition which tests knowledge and skilled gained during their completion of a PEO level 2 qualification.

This year the 20 competitors came from 13 different colleges and training centres with the apprentices travelling from as far afield as DSRL Dounreay and Borders Engineering Training Association.

Depending on their choice of tests the competitors were competing for either the Mechanical or Electrical Engineering awards.

This long-running competition remains the toughest title for first-year engineering apprentices in Scotland to win. The winning apprentices will receive their awards at a ceremony to be hosted by Score Group plc later in the year.

Conrad Ritchie, on behalf of sponsors Score Group plc, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of this competition which is one of very few events where apprentices’ skills and knowledge are tested in a competition format.

“Score Group has a proud history in the craft competition and we know it is also valued by other engineering employers, colleges and training centres around the country.”