Deeside apprentices scoop college awards

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Three talented apprentices from Deeside scooped awards at the recent Aberdeen College construction crafts ceremony.

Plumbing apprentice Will Atherton, 22, from Aboyne, won the SP Education and Training Award. Will works for Sugplum, based in Banchory.

Chris Milne, 19, from Banchory was awarded second prize at in carpentry and joinery stage two. He works for Deeside Construction.

Fellow carpentry and joinery apprentice Andrew Reid, 18, from Torphins, was awarded third prize at stage one. He works for AJC Construction Ltd, Aboyne.

They collected their awards from Allan McIntosh, past president of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, supported by their family, friends, employers and lecturers.

David Brooks, sector manager at Aberdeen College and chairman of the awards committee, said: “All three apprentices from the Deeside area consistently demonstrated a wide variety of valuable skills and attributes during their time at college making them worthy award winners.

“Will showed a very good understanding of plumbing principles and excellent hand skills from the start of his course. He has also shown a degree of confidence and skill normally associated with a more experienced plumber.

“Chris consistently produces work of a very high standard and demonstrated his enviable talents by winning the SATTT inter-college competition last year.

“Andrew is a very capable and hard working student. His lecturers have noted his ability to take instruction and carry our work unaided – uncommon skills in someone of his age.

“This annual ceremony provides an opportunity to formally offer recognition of the hard work and achievement of the students, who in conjunction with the efforts and commitment of staff and the support of their employers, have been involved in the vital process of education and training related to their chosen industry.”

The college was delighted to welcome Allan McIntosh to not only present the awards but to also offer a few words of wisdom about the construction industry.

The vote of thanks at the ceremony was given by Ralph Skene, chairman of McLaren and Co and past president of the Scottish Decorators Federation.

Prizes were also presented to those studying bricklaying and painting and decorating.