Angus apprentices’ success at awards

Angus Training Group Arbroath presented their annual apprentice awards on Wednesday afternoon. Pictured are, from left - Jake Urquhart apprentice of the year, Cecilia Cobb, Liam McKenzie local apprentice of the year, Amanda Cobb, Douglas Pearson machinist of the year, Ryan Coutts apprentice of the year, Dale Hatton, Lorraine Mudie, Sean Dalgarno most improved apprentice and Brian Mudie.

Angus Training Group Arbroath presented their annual apprentice awards on Wednesday afternoon. Pictured are, from left - Jake Urquhart apprentice of the year, Cecilia Cobb, Liam McKenzie local apprentice of the year, Amanda Cobb, Douglas Pearson machinist of the year, Ryan Coutts apprentice of the year, Dale Hatton, Lorraine Mudie, Sean Dalgarno most improved apprentice and Brian Mudie.

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The hard work of Angus’ apprentices were recognised recently, when the Angus Training Group awards were held on July 3.

The awards recognise the achievements of the current first year apprentices prior to their return to their employers on Monday (July 8).

They were attended by a number of employers to support their apprentices’ achievements. The awards are sponsored by Arbroath Rotary and the Arbroath Guildry.

This has been another very busy year for Angus Training Group with 67 apprentices in the centre.

This is the busiest for 30 years and will be even busier next year with already 71 confirmed apprentices and around six still to be selected by employers. These figures mark a remarkable upturn in engineering Modern Apprenticeships over the last few years.

The prizes were presented by Dale Hatton, Rotary president, Ian Lamb, Arbroath Guildry, Mrs Cobb, Apprentice of the Year award, and Mr and Mrs Mudie, most improved apprentice award.

Winners of the awards were:-

Ryan Coutts (NOV Rig Solutions, Montrose) - Joint Apprentice of the Year.

Jake Urquhart (NOV Rig Solutions, Montrose) - Joint Apprentice of the Year.

Liam McKenzie (Halliburtons, Montrose) - Best Local Apprentice.

Douglas Pearson (GE Oil & Gas, Montrose) - Best Machinist.

Sean Dalgarno (NOV Mission products, Montrose) - Most Improved Apprentice.

Ryan Coutts and Jake Urquhart (NOV Rig Solutions, Montrose) - Recognition for representing Angus Training Group and NOV Rig Solutions at the National Craft Competition.

In addition to the selected awards, all the apprentices successfully completed their off-the-job training and were presented with an SVQ Level II certificate in Performing Engineering Operations.

This is the first stage completed in their Modern Apprenticeship which will finish in three years time.