The talent of young electricians was recognised at the Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition, held recently at Adam Smith College.
The 15 competitors were required to carry out a practical exercise within a strict time limit before completing a written theoretical test.
Adam Smith College student, David Allan, 19, from Kennoway beat stiff competition to be awarded the 1st Year Apprentice of the Year title. David is currently on the SVQ Electrical Installation course at the College and has an apprenticeship with R.B. Grant, a long established family run Fife business.
David was ‘over the moon’ when the results were announced and commented: “It’s a great feeling to have won this award and to say I am thrilled is an understatement. The competition was tough but I managed to complete all the elements and keep my nerve. It’s great for my company and the College who have been really supportive during the 1st year of my apprenticeship.”
The successful event was held at the College’s Future Skills Centre, Stenton Campus, in Glenrothes, on behalf of the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT). The Trust deals with the training of apprentices within the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) Apprenticeship Scheme. Roy Dow, Training and Development Manager from SECTT, acted as a judge throughout the competition.
Phillip Ogg, Curriculum Head for Electrical Installation at Adam Smith College said: “This has been a great opportunity for the students to compete at this level and for one of ‘our own’ first year students to come out on top is a fantastic achievement. David is a really keen student and is proof that hard work and commitment certainly pays.
“This year has also been particularly notable as nine out of our 11 students on the NC Electrical Installation Pre-Apprentice programme are now through to the final stages of application for apprenticeships with Fife Council out of a field of 250!”
Photo, L – R: Roy Dow, Ronnie Grant of R.B. Grant and David Allen