ACE apprentice meets Fist Minister

Former apprentice Gavin Buchan and First Minister Alex Salmond met at the Scottish Parliament recently.
Former apprentice Gavin Buchan and First Minister Alex Salmond met at the Scottish Parliament recently.

A young man from the North-east has met with the First Minister, having successfully completed a Modern Apprenticeship recently.

Gavin Buchan, who lives in New Aberdour and works at ACE Winches, joined First Minister Alex Salmond together with other apprentices at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, January 29, to promote the benefits of Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland.

Gavin graduated in December 2012 from the four-year ACE Winches Modern Apprenticeship scheme, and was a finalist in last year’s Scotland Modern Apprenticeship of the Year Awards, hosted by Skills Development Scotland. Gavin was one of the top apprentices, coming second in the Production and Construction category.

Gavin met the First Minister to promote the results of a new survey by Skills Development Scotland which found that 92 percent of those who complete a Modern Apprenticeship are still in a job six months later, and that 87 percent were satisfied with their training.

Gavin, 21, is now employed full time as a machinist at ACE Winches’ Deveron Manufacturing Facility at the company’s Towie Barclay Works site near Turriff.

Commenting, Gavin said: “This was a great opportunity to meet the First Minister in person and share some of my experiences as a Modern Apprentice. The course gave me practical skills you can’t learn in a classroom, leadership skills to help other young apprentices, and confidence to face new challenges – like meeting the First Minister.

“It’s encouraging that having completed my apprenticeship my prospects for the future look good.”

“I would recommend Modern Apprenticeships to everyone. The practical skills you learn can’t be learned in the classroom. You earn as you learn as well,” Gavin added.

This year ACE Winches will be recruiting 12 young apprentices for its Modern Apprentice scheme which was accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2012.