Local apprentices win national awards

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APPRENTICES with GlaxoSmithKline have taken the top two places in the Scottish IMechE first-year apprentice craft competition.

The winner was Grant Mitchell, who was trained at Angus Training Group Limited in Arbroath. And runner-up Grant Forsyth also trained at Angus Training Group.

As well as the winner’s trophy, winner Grant Mitchell received a cheque for £500. Runner-up Grant Forsyth was given £200.

Third-placed was Steven Smith, Score (Europe) Limited, Peterhead.

The competition is designed for first-year apprentices under the age of 18.

The focus is on mechanical and electrical engineering and it consists of practical and theory assessments, based on the Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 qualification standard.

The disciplines assessed are as follows: bench fitting, centre lathe, turning, vertical milling, cnc milling, electrical wiring and electronics.

Alan Swankie of Angus Training Group said: “It is a great achievement for the two apprentices and the instructional staff of Angus Training Group to have the first two places in the competition.

“This is the second year running that Angus Training Group apprentices have won the competition and is a reflection on the high quality training that the centre offers apprentices starting out their engineering careers.” This year’s competition was hosted for the twelve year by Banff and Buchan College of Further Education in Fraserburgh.