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Modern Apprenticeship – Machinist

Andrew Thomson“There was no question it was a really fantastic opportunity, I couldn’t believe my luck.”

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Thomson from St Cyrus had no hesitation in applying for a Modern Apprenticeship. He was in his final year at Mearns Academy when he saw the advert in the local paper for an Apprentice Machinist at Neptune Marine Services in Stonehaven.

“There was some quite tough competition, but I knew this was the job for me and I was determined to get it.”

Andrew is now in his second year as an MA. He attends college in Arbroath for two days a week learning about different engineering manufacturing processes and materials and then backs this up with three days in the workplace, practising and augmenting these skills.

Course Leader, John Devine, says “it’s no wonder the Modern Apprenticeship system is so popular with employers and their workforce alike. It’s a great way to teach. First delivering the theory, either in college or on site, then backing this knowledge up with real workplace experience. I think the employers value our flexible approach and willingness to tailor the course to their requirements."

Neptune’s Graham Rennie agrees “The above system seems to work very well as it teaches the students the basics of engineering, which helps them to develop their skills alongside the company. So overall it gives the student a very good apprenticeship.”