Apprentices' hard work recognised

As we celebrate the success of our Apprentice 100 campaign, our sponsor, North East Scotland College, has its own great news to shout about.

Apprentice 100 sponsor, North East Scotland College, recently celebrated the achievements of students across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have successfully completed their Modern Apprenticeship programme during the past 12 months.  

Held at the Fraserburgh campus, apprentices from the automotive, care and engineering sectors were presented with their certificates in front of family, friends and employers.

Neil Cowie, vice-principal business services, opened proceedings and welcomed visitors.

He said: “The college’s vision is to transform lives and support regional development. As such, one of our many responsibilities is to equip young people with the right skills to secure work and help drive business growth.

College students

“With the Modern Apprenticeship programme, apprentices are already employed and it is employers who are investing in their workforce, developing future talent.

“The training that the college provides in the classroom and in the workplace enables trainees to develop their skills and knowledge, building a strong foundation which will benefit both apprentice and the organisation.  

“It is right to recognise the dedication and achievements of those who have completed the apprenticeship journey which, for many, can take up to four years.”

Following the official presentation of the certificates, the results of the Ian Corney Engineering Award were announced. The memorial award acknowledges the hard work, determination and effort of those undertaking an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering.  

Three students were shortlisted for the award by college lecturers: Rachael Buchan (Equalizer International), Andrew Baxter (Macduff Shipyards) and Sean Dunnett (EnerMech).
Andrew Baxter was declared the winner for his positive work ethic and his willingness to help others. The trophy and cash prize was presented by Kirsty Corney and John Foubister.

Andrew Baxter

Duncan Abernethy, head of business and community development, closed the evening by thanking all guests for attending.

He said: “Modern Apprenticeships are tremendously beneficial and it is important to thank the employers here. Your foresight and recognition of the benefits of investing in the Modern Apprenticeship scheme will, I’m sure, reap rich rewards for your organisations in years to come.

“A recent survey, published by Skills Development Scotland, found that three-quarters of employers reported improved productivity, 72% reported improved staff morale, and 71% reported improved product or service quality as a result of offering Modern Apprenticeships.”

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