Distinguished guest for Score Group

Sir Jim McDonald with Charles Ritchie and Score apprentices in the background
Sir Jim McDonald with Charles Ritchie and Score apprentices in the background

Score Group’s Peterhead facilities were paid a visit by a distinguished guest as Sir Jim McDonald toured the workshops and spoke to the company’s apprentices.

Sir Jim McDonald, principal of the University of Strathclyde, was honoured in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday honours list for his services to education, engineering and the economy.

He also holds prominent roles in several leading public bodies and decision-making committees as well as having been the Rolls Royce Professor of Electrical Power Systems.

Sir Jim was taken on a tour of the company’s workshops on October 24 and was particularly interested in the development of valve diagnostics and perhaps most understandably in the gas turbine test facility.

The hosts in each area of the facility were excited by the opportunity to engage with an engineer of such great stature, the compliments made by Sir Jim regarding both the facilities and also the knowledge of the Score personnel he met were received with pride.

Following the tours, Sir Jim spoke at length to the Score Group apprentices.

He was introduced by Charles Ritchie, a fellow Strathclyde engineering graduate, before captivating the audience with his words.

Throughout the talk he emphasised the value of education both through apprenticeships and academic learning, citing the journeys of his own twin daughters into engineering.

Sir Jim also revealed that he had spent a long period living and working in Boddam during the commissioning of the Power Station and subsequently knew Peterhead well.

Sir Jim expertly fielded questions from the audience before departing to warm applause, his visit and talk having enthralled many and especially those aspiring engineers.

Score Group hopes for further excitement in November as the company has learned that Score Europe will be a finalist in the Employer of the Year category at the annual SDS Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards.