GSK apprentice takes top spot for ATG

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GLAXOSMITHKLINE apprentice Calum Newton has won the National Craft Competition in Engineering.

Calum, a first year electrical apprentice engineer in Montrose, was selected to represent Angus Training Group (ATG), in the annual competition. Jon Balfour, GE Oil & Gas in Montrose came fourth. The competition is open to training providers who deliver the Modern Apprenticeship in engineering.

They were tested with two three-hour practical exercises in electrical fitting and two theory papers on core skills and their chosen practical discipline.

The apprentices’ employers, GSK and GE Oil & Gas Montrose have been in contact to express their delight with both achievements. They are now nearing the end of their first year’s training and will return to their employer at the end of the week to continue with their work-based training in their apprenticeship.

Their first year training has given them experience in electrical wiring, PLC controls, electrical & mechanical maintenance, fitting & assembly and machining disciplines. All this will stand them in good stead for the remaining part of their apprenticeship.

The competition is sponsored by IMechE and Score Group PLC. ATG has an excellent record in the competition, winning it on six occasions and regularly having candidates in the top four.

This completes a hat-trick of wins for ATG apprentices in the last three years with the winner in 2011 also from GSK.