An award ceremony was recently held in Peterhead to recognise the winners of the Scottish Engineering Craft Competition - an annual event that brings together the best mechanical and electrical engineering trainees in Scotland.
Sponsored by Peterhead-based Score Group plc and, this year, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, the competition has been running for almost 30 years.
The longevity of the competition is testament to the continued commitment of the competing training centres and companies to train and develop Scotland’s youth.
Open to every EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited, the awarding organisation for engineering, manufacturing and building sectors) approved training centre in the country, the competition sees apprentices from throughout Scotland competing to be crowned the best in their discipline.
This year’s competition took place in June at the North Highland College in Thurso.
Inspite of falling trainee numbers, a total of 14 trainees from eight colleges and apprentice training centres across the country turned out to complete a series of practical and written tests; each specialising in two chosen disciplines; vertical or CNC milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics.
Papers and models were marked and independently verified before the winners were announced.
This year saw Peterhead Engineers Development Limited winning first place in the mechanical engineering category (Ewan Marr) and DSRL Dounreay taking home the electrical category prize (Michael Mowatt).
Tullos Training in Aberdeen (Jack McCallum) and Angus Training Group Limited (Euan Anderson), were awarded secon places in the mechanical and electrical categories respectively.
Commenting, Conrad Ritchie, managing director of Score (Europe) Limited and chairman of Peterhead Engineers Development Limited, said: “It was fantastic to see the competition winners receiving the recognition they deserve.
“Being asked to compete in the competition is a credit in itself, but wining the competition is a massive achievement for any apprentice in the early days of their career.
“It was a very proud day for all involved.
“The standard of work shown by those taking part is a promising sign for the future of our industry,” he added.