1st Place : Ben Mellin, Peterhead Engineers Development Limited
2nd Place : Matthew Grigor, Tullos Training Limited
1st Place : Richard Hughes, North Highland College
2nd Place : Alexander Deas, Peterhead Engineers Development Limited
The success of Scotland’s top Engineering Apprentices was celebrated at an award ceremony, held in Peterhead on Thursday 4th October, as the winners of the 2018 Scottish Engineering Craft Competition were presented with their awards.
The competition, sponsored by Score Group plc, has been running for over thirty years and remains to be recognised in the industry as the toughest competition of its kind for first year Engineering apprentices. Held annually, this year’s competition took place at NESCOL (North East Scotland College), Fraserburgh, back in June when 12 mechanical and 4 electrical apprentices from 9 training centres and colleges battled it out to win one of two prestigious titles.
Open to every EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited, the awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and building sectors) approved training centre in the country, this year’s competition saw both Mechanical and Electrical engineering apprentices travelling from as far as North Highland College, Thurso in the North to Border Engineering Training Association, Melrose in the South.
Peterhead candidates excelled this year, as PEDL (Peterhead Engineers Development Limited)’s Ben Mellin, employed by Score VAC Limited, took first place in the Mechanical Engineering category and was closely followed by fellow PEDL apprentice Ross Donald of local firm Bill Mackie Engineering.
North Highland College’s Alexander Deas, a Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd employee, took first place in the Electrical Engineering category, with Tullos Training Limited’s Matthew Grigor (Chives Brothers Ltd) winning second place.
Speaking at the awards, Leighton Willox, Director of Score (Europe) Limited, highlighted the fact that as a national competition, the skill level of each entrant is incredibly high. He said: "It was once again a pleasure for Score Group plc to be involved with the sponsorship and organisation of this great competition which year after year sees the best engineering apprentices in Scotland competing for the titles. Those presented with awards can be very proud of their achievements, they are already well on the way to highly successful careers in engineering."
Plans are already underway to organise next year’s competition. Organisers are seeking a host for the event and entry forms will be made available to all eligible training centres in Spring 2019.
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