Apprentice completes hat-trick of wins

The two winning apprentices at the Angus Training Group on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Jon Balfour, Ron Henry tutor and Calum Newton.

The two winning apprentices at the Angus Training Group on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Jon Balfour, Ron Henry tutor and Calum Newton.

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ANGUS Training Group apprentice Calum Newton has won the National Craft Competition in Engineering.

Calum, a first year electrical apprentice engineer employed by GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose, was selected to represent Angus Training Group in the annual competition.

This success has completed a hat-trick of wins for Angus Training Group apprentices over the last three years.

A second apprentice, Jon Balfour, GE Oil & Gas, Montrose, participated in the competition and came fourth.

The event is open to all training providers who deliver the Modern Apprenticeship in engineering in Scotland. Both entrants were selected on the basis of their excellent work in their first year off-the-job training.

On the day they were rigorously tested with two three-hour practical exercises in electrical fitting with two theory papers on core skills and their chosen practical discipline.

The competition was held in Dunfermline in June and they then had to wait for two weeks until the results were announced on Thursday.

Director Alan Swankie commented: “Their achievement is an excellent measure of their ability and is made even greater by the fact on the day of the competition they are working in unfamiliar surrounds.

“The apprentices’ employers, GlaxoSmithKline and GE Oil & Gas Montrose, have already been in contact to express their delight with both achievements. They are now nearing the end of their first year training and will return to the employer at the end of the week to continue with their work based training in their apprenticeship.”