Calum a livewire in competition

Calum Newton is pictured with (left) Mel Robertson, Glaxosmithkline's engineering team manager, and Alan Swankie.
Calum Newton is pictured with (left) Mel Robertson, Glaxosmithkline's engineering team manager, and Alan Swankie.

MONTROSE apprentice Calum Newton secured the top spot in a national competition held earlier this year.

Calum (18) achieved an outstanding overall mark of 88 per cent focusing on the specialised area of electrical wiring and bench fitting in the annual National Craft Competition held at Carnegie College’s Rosyth Campus.

The event attracted 20 of the country’s top apprentices in the mechanical and electrical engineering field whose practical engineering skills and knowledge were tested.

The candidates, who had to be under 19 at the time of the competition, all attend SEMTA approved Training Centres throughout Scotland while being employed by national and international engineering companies.

An apprentice with Angus Training Group, Calum is sponsored by Glaxosmithkline and was presented recently with his £500 prize and trophy by Billy Scott, Business Development Manager (Scotland) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),

Mr Scott congratulated all apprentices on their outstanding work and commitment and emphasised how pleased IMechE was to support the career development of young engineers, who would be vital contributors to Scotland’s recovery from the current recession.

Alan Swankie, Angus Training Group director, was also presented with the award for the Training Provider of the Competition award which completes a hat-trick of wins for the organisation and Mr Swankie credited staff for their continued ability to provide top class training for the apprentices starting out on their engineering careers.

The Engineering Apprentice Craft Competition is sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Score Group plc, and is further supported and hosted by Banff and Buchan College and Carnegie College.