The 2016 Scottish Engineering Craft Competition took place on Thursday 23rd June. The results are:
1st place: Ewan Marr, Peterhead Engineers Development Limited
2nd place: Euan Anderson, Angus Training Group
1st place: Michael Mowat, DSRL Dounreay
2nd place: Jack McCallum, Tullos Training Limited
Congratulations to the winners and runners up in each category, along with all who participated.
2016 Competition Prize Winners
The Scottish Engineering Craft Competition is an annual event that brings together the best Mechanical and Electrical engineering apprentices in Scotland.
This year’s event - held on Thursday 23rd June and hosted by North Highland College in Thurso - was no exception; with fourteen of the top engineering trainees from eight colleges and apprentice training centres throughout Scotland battling it out to win one of two coveted titles.
The competition, sponsored by global engineering firm Score Group plc and this year, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has been running for over twenty five years and is open to every EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited, the awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and building sectors) approved training centre in the country. Each entrant is specially selected by their college or training centre to take part in the competition which tests the knowledge and skills that are gained during completion of the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2 qualification. At a pre-competition dinner entrants were addressed by Mick Moore, Technical Director at DSRL Dounreay and Alan Ogg, Assistant Director at North Highland College/University of the Highlands and Islands.
This year saw competitors travelling from as far afield as Border Engineering Training Association (Melrose) in the south to participate. Other participating training centres included Angus College, Edinburgh College, Tullos Training, North East Scotland College and Peterhead Engineers Development Limited. Host centre North Highland College and joint-sponsor DSRL Dounreay also each made two entries.
Trainees completed a series of on-the-day practical and written tests, each opting to specialise in two chosen disciplines; vertical or CNC milling, centre lathe turning, bench fitting, electrical wiring or electronics. All tests will now be marked and independently verified to determine which trainees will be awarded the esteemed first and second placed prizes for both the Mechanical and Electrical categories. Score Group plc will host an awards ceremony for the winners and representatives of their employers/training centres later on this year – Prizes will be sponsored by DSRL Dounreay.
Alan Ogg, Assistant Director at North Highland College said ‘It was a tremendous honour for North Highland College UHI to host this year’s Engineering Craft Competition. We have been involved along with our employer partner Dounreay for many years now and it was fantastic to be able to bring all involved to Caithness for the first time and to showcase the area and the future engineering opportunities within the many companies that we support . This competition brings together the best of the best and it gives the young engineers an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge under strict competition conditions which is not easy and I have to congratulate them all.
Personally I would like to thank and commend the two main sponsors Score Group and Dounreay, not only for their sponsorship, but also to the commitment they show to training young people in the communities they work in and the fact that they have training and apprenticeships at the heart of their organisation. We very much look forward to hosting the competition again in the future’.
The long-running competition remains the toughest title in Scotland for first year engineering apprentices to win. With the value of Modern Apprenticeships and skilled, motivated workforces apparent today perhaps more than ever, it is hoped that the competition will encourage more youngsters to explore Modern Apprenticeship opportunities within the Engineering sector.
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