Students prove live wires

Release Date: 18 May 2016

Construction and technology staff at D&A College currently have their fingers crossed for two electrical installation apprentices taking part in the heats of a national competition.

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Mark Walker (left) and Paul Anderson, looking out the tools of the trade as they prepare to compete for best apprentice titles.

Paul Anderson and Mark Walker both work for Dundee-based company, McGill.

Sixteen-year-old Paul is a first-year apprentice having worked with the firm for just under a year while Mark (21) is in the second year of his apprenticeship.

Both of the trainee electricians attend D&A College Kingsway Campus and were picked by lecturing staff to represent the college at the SECTT (Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust) east consortium apprentice of the year contest taking place in Perth on Friday, June 3.

City resident Paul will be tested on his work in steel and PVC conduit, while Mark, of Wellbank, will have to draw then construct the wiring system for a motor control circuit.

This is the first time that either of the students have competed.

“Due to the high standard set by all our students the staff had a hard job making a selection,” said Marc Ferrar, lecturer.

“Both Paul and Mark worked extremely hard this year and make worthy candidates, however, so we wish them luck for Perth.”