Mintlaw apprentice Amy scoops North East Scotland College award

Mintlaw apprentice Amy McDonald was one of the winners at a North East Scotland College awards ceremony.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:48 am
Award-winning apprentice Amy McDonald enjoys her work as part of Aberdeenshire Council electrical installation team.

The college held an online celebration during Scottish Apprenticeship Week for over 90 apprentices who recently completed their modern apprenticeship programmes.

Amy, an electrical installation apprentice with Aberdeenshire Council, won the award for Apprentice of the Year – Agency Partner.

Amy has always been practically minded from a young age. Her grandad was an electrician so being around him clearly influenced her future career direction.

She said: “When I left school I went to college and studied the NC in Electrical Engineering (SCQF Level 6). Afterwards when I was looking for work I tried office jobs but knew that that just wasn’t for me. When I saw the electrical apprenticeship position with the council I applied and was lucky enough to be chosen.”

Amy is part of a team who go into vacant council houses to strip, reinsulate, rewire and upgrade properties. She is the only female within the team consisting of joiners, plasterers, painters and electricians. She enjoys the work especially the second fix.

She said: “That’s most enjoyable part of my job. After we’ve wired it the joiners come in and then we go back in and install the accessories and test the installation.”

NESCol ’s Apprentice of The Year awards featured ten finalists in four categories. The results were:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Agency Partner winner – Amy McDonald, Electrical Installation (SECTT), Aberdeenshire Council; runner up – Sean Robertson, Joinery (CITB), Morrison Construction.

Business winner – Conor Dickie, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution, Langstane Press; runners up – Meghan Bruce, Logistics Operations, Caledonian Logistics; Rebekka McLaughlin, Logistics Operations, Oleochem Project Management.

Engineering winner – Lisa Shaw, Mechanical Manufacture Engineering, Grampian Health Board; runners up – Lee Inglis, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Deveron Coaches; Greig Johnston, Mechanical Manufacture Engineering, Sulzer Wood.

Service winner – Madison Gillan, Hairdressing, Smoke & Mirrors; runner up – Oliwia Lewicka, Hairdressing, Blueberry Moon.