Local apprentices top of the class at city’s NESCol

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Talented apprentices from Deeside and Donside collected awards at the recent North East Scotland College Construction Crafts Ceremony.

Heather Farquhar, Aberdeen City Council Senior Officer, Employability Skills and Community Enterprise, presented the awards at a ceremony attended by family, friends, employers and lecturers.

Bricklaying apprentice, Scott Young from Alford, won the Advanced Craft Award, and is employed by Mark Paterson Builder. Mark, a former student of the College, is a previous holder of this award.

Also awarded was Carpentry & Joinery apprentice Neil Forsyth from Peterculter, who won the Advanced Craft Award & the Rae Brown Award for Advanced Craft. Neil is employed by North Offshore Ltd.

Plumbing apprentice Richard Wilson from Banchory, who is employed by Sugplum, won the Stage Two Award and the SP Education & Training Award.

Pat Cromar, Faculty Manager at North East Scotland College said: “The winning place for the Advanced Craft Award was hard fought but Scott got the nod over his colleagues.

“Neil has been consistently at the top of his game since starting first year all that time ago.

“Richard is a very talented student who, as well as winning the best Stage 2 prize, also won the local plumbing competition between North East Scotland College and Tullos Training and, was runner-up in the Scottish Inter-College competition.”