Top apprentices compete for much coveted titles

The annual Scottish IMechE Engineering Craft Competition has held recently, with the top engineering apprentices in Scotland, including four from Buchan, competing for the much coveted titles.

This year the competition, osponsored and organised by Score Group plc, was held in the Adam Smith College, Glenrothes, where competitors and mentors from their training organisations enjoyed a pre-competition supper before taking part in the event.

This is the second year the competition has been held in Fife following last year’s very successful event at Carnegie College in Dunfermline.

The day of the competition is a great challenge for the competitors who have to undertake practical tests and complete test papers on their chosen disciplines under exam conditions.

The competition runs from 8am to 4.30pm and truly stretches the competitors, requiring them to demonstrate a high degree of practical skill and technical knowledge.

This year there were 16 competitors for the two titles, each hand-picked by their training organisation as outstanding talents.

The competition is restricted to under-19s who are currently in the first year of serving a Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland.

The north-east this year sent a strong contingent of competitors including two Score Group apprentices from Peterhead Engineers Development Ltd, two competitors from Banff & Buchan College and one competitor from Tullos Training Ltd.

Score Group’s long-running association with the Engineering Craft Competition continues and the company was particularly happy that the competition could be hosted by Adam Smith College following the opening of the firm’s newest facility in the Fife town only last week.

Conrad Ritchie, the company’s deputy managing director said: “The level of ability displayed by these competitors is exemplary and this is testament to the first class training they are receiving from their respective providers. We look forward to developing this annual event which clearly demonstrates the commitment of employers to grow and support talent in all areas of Scotland. “