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APPRENTICES APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR


Ready for a bright future


Hard-working Amy McDonald shunned a desk job to train as an electrician and has now been named her college’s Apprentice of the Year


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my McDonald’s decision to choose an apprenticeship instead of an office job paid off when she was crowned North East Scotland College (NESCol)


Apprentice of the Year.


The apprentice, who is close to completing her Modern Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation, was announced in an online ceremony on 4 March. Amy has been practically minded from a young age – her grandad was an electrician, so being around him influenced her future career direction. She said: “After school I studied electrical engineering at college and then tried office jobs but knew it wasn’t for me. When I saw the electrical apprenticeship advertised with Aberdeenshire Council I applied and was lucky enough to be chosen.” Amy now goes into vacant council houses to help strip, reinsulate, rewire and upgrade properties. As the only female in a team of joiners, plasterers, painters and electricians she says she enjoys her work. She said: “The second fix is the most


Amy has been honoured for her ability and dedication


“I consider her one of most skilful and professional apprentices I’ve ever encountered”


enjoyable part of my job. After we’ve wired it the joiners come in and then we go back in and install the accessories and test the installation.” The next steps for Amy are completing her Final Integrated Competence Assessment (FICA) and gaining the experience to become an approved electrician.


Michael Geddes, SECTT Training


Officer, said: “I’ve been Amy’s training officer for the past few years, during which she’s demonstrated excellent skills and attitude. She is without doubt an apprentice of the highest calibre, producing positive results to a very high standard in all tasks. “I consider her one of most skilful and professional apprentices I’ve ever encountered. She takes everything in her stride, maintains a calm approach and has an independent ability to problem solve. She has the ability to accomplish anything she turns her hand to and deserves lots of praise for winning this award.”


Anne Galbraith, Chief Executive of


SECTT, said: “Amy is an inspiration and an excellent role model. In a male- dominated environment, she’s proved that females can and do excel as electrical apprentices. NESCol has excellent facilities and lecturing staff and I’d like to congratulate everyone nominated.”


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