Praise for apprenticeship programme

Celebration time for North East Scotland College apprentices.
Celebration time for North East Scotland College apprentices.

The talents of the Modern Apprenticeship programme were recently celebrated at annual presentation evenings held at both Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh campuses of North East Scotland College.

More than 30 apprentices from the automotive, engineering, hairdressing, fabrication and welding disciplines were congratulated on their achievement alongside family, friends and employers.

Paul Sherrington, depute principal, said: “It has always been very clear that one of our main aims is to provide relevant training designed to allow individuals to develop sustainable careers and the Modern Apprenticeship programme meets that purpose.

“We are one of the largest training providers for apprentices in Scotland, with 480 current apprenticeships running and it is right to recognise the dedication and achievements of those who have completed the programme which, for many, can run up to four years.”

Both presentation evenings featured guest speakers who spoke about their career paths.

Fraserburgh Campus welcomed Craig Grant, from Strichen, who won the Farmer’s Weekly Young Farmer of the Year Award in 2012. Craig recounted his time as an engineering apprentice before returning to the family farming business launching his own brand of “Aberdeenshire choice” eggs in addition to supplying supermarket own label.

He stressed the benefits of collaboration with others and reminded the apprentices of the importance of valuing the relationships of friends and family as they embark upon their own career paths.

Denise Horan, Shell stakeholder engagement and communications lead, Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage, attended Aberdeen City campus.

She spoke about her varied career as a teacher, then newspaper editor in Ireland before working as a senior communications adviser.

Duncan Abernethy, head of business and community development, closed the presentations and said: “You can all be incredibly proud of your achievements.

“The qualification and perhaps more importantly, the skills, knowledge and creativity that you have built at the College and in the early stages of your careers, will be major assets to you personally and to your employers now and in the future.”