Score Group has once again been celebrating the achievements and successes of its engineering apprentices and administration trainees at Christmas Awards ceremonies and meals hosted by the Tufted Duck Hotel, St Combs.
On December 11 and 12, more than 400 apprentices, trainees, company directors, managers and team leaders were present to recognise the dedication and hard work of the young men and women who are currently progressing in, or have successfully completed Score’s demanding Modern Apprenticeship programmes.
After an introduction by Leighton Willox (HSEQ Director, Score Europe Limited), several awards were presented including Apprentice of the Year, Top Logs, and Most Dedicated Trainee, as well as the highlight of the proceedings, the presenting of Time-Served Papers.
This year saw 19 Peterhead-based engineering trainees, four engineering trainees from Brighouse and Cowdenbeath, five administration trainees, and one multimedia trainee complete their apprenticeships.
With apprenticeship numbers now in excess of 300 in Peterhead and well over 400 globally, Score is immensely proud of all these young men and women.
At a time when the North Sea oil and gas industry is seeing a drop in fortunes, Score will be continuing to provide exciting employment opportunities for its qualified young people both locally and globally.
Applications are still being accepted for entry to Score apprenticeships beginning in January 2015.
Following the main presentations of awards conducted by senior Score Europe staff including Steven Wilson, (HSE and Training Manager), Fiona Johnston, (Apprentice Co-ordinator) and Jenna Buchan (Administration Co-ordinator), short overviews summarising performance in 2014 were given both prior to and following the meal.
Topics included Safety (Steven Wilson) and Financial (Scott Will, Deputy Managing Director), followed by a Group review of 2014 and a look forward to 2015 and beyond (Ally Marshall Operations Director).
It was concluded that despite the current downturn in the North Sea oil and gas industry related to the low oil price, Score was very well placed to continue its present encouraging performance.
Conrad Ritchie, managing director of Score Europe, brought proceedings to a close with an important and strongly delivered presentation on road safety.
A video showing the potentially tragic consequences of bad driving shocked many in the audience, and left nobody in any doubt as to the extent of the tragedies which can result.
Score has always taken the view of educating and informing all employees and apprentices on the vital importance of safe driving and responsible road behaviour. ...but remember: as the driver, you are personally responsible for the safety of your passengers.
Sadly, this message is more relevant than ever before, as the number of deaths and serious injuries in road accidents in the Grampian area has continued to increase. Indeed, Grampian has a particularly bad record in comparison with the rest of Scotland.
It is a worrying statistic that although 17-25 year-olds comprise only about 10% of drivers they account for over 20% of accidents.
The message is clear: Think safe, act safe, be safe...always.
Finally, he took the opportunity, along with all other presenters, in wishing everyone the very best for the festive period, whilst emphasising once again the importance of thinking and acting safely at all times.
Mr Ritchie commented, “We always welcome the opportunity to award our apprentices and trainees.
“These youngsters have all demonstrated effort, ability and determination and are to be congratulated on their continued success”.