It’s plane sailing for Auchnagatt’s Liam

Liam Bruce from Auchnagatt took first prize in the annual competition.
Liam Bruce from Auchnagatt took first prize in the annual competition.

A North East Scotland College (NESCol) student took home first prize in a prestigious national craft competition recently.

Liam Bruce from Auchnagatt was named the winner of the Scottish Association of Timber Trade Teachers (SATTT) Annual Craft Competition on Saturday.

This was just one week after being awarded CITB Apprentice of the Year at the college’s Fraserburgh Campus. The competition, which saw 20 competitors from colleges across Scotland take part, took place at NESCol’s Aberdeen Altens Campus.

The carpentry and joinery students were required to work to a brief from judges, building a wooden cabinet from scratch.

They were marked on various criteria and, despite fierce competition, the quality of Liam’s work stood out.

Andrew Muir, curriculum leader in Automotive Engineering & Construction at NESCol, said: “As the principal judge this year the quality of work produced was of a very high standard, as expected from the best apprentices in Scotland. There were only 13 marks between the first three places and Liam’s winning margin was 7 marks, so a very tight decision indeed.”

As first prize Liam was awarded a trophy and a collection of joinery equipment.

NESCol pincipal Rob Wallen said: “A competition like this, which allows students from different colleges to strive to be the best is a very important part of supporting and showcasing skills development.”