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Holytown Spark Wins National Title


21/10/16


Electrical engineering apprentice Mark Savage has been crowned Scotland’s top first-year apprentice. The 23-year-old, who is employed by JFM Electrical Ltd in Bellshill, received a gold award at the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) Apprentice of the Year final after impressing the panel of experts.


The SECTT, which runs the only industry-approved training scheme for electrical apprenticeships in Scotland, hosted a regional contest at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus in June.

Savage, from Holytown, excelled in a practical test and theory exam to be named the West of Scotland winner.

The regional winners from across Scotland were then invited to a final at the Original Rosslyn Inn in Roslin, Midlothian where they were interviewed by a judging panel comprising Fiona Harper from the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), John Noble of John Noble Contractors and SECTT Trustee Scott Foley.


The panel selected Savage as their first-year gold medal winner. The silver award went to Rhys Boni of Borders College/John Rae Ltd, while the bronze went to Michael Ferguson of Moray College UHI/ Murray Franklin Electrical Engineers Ltd.


SECTT’s Senior Training Officer Barrie McKay said: “Mark has been an exceptional student at New College Lanarkshire and shows great promise for the future.

“His standard of work has been excellent in both theory and practical.”

Mark Ingram, Head of Faculty for Engineering and Automotive at New College Lanarkshire, said: “I am delighted to see one of our own students picking up the SECTT 1st Stage Apprentice of the Year award.

“Our staff work very hard to ensure that we provide the highest quality training and education, and this can be seen through our strong partnership with SECTT and the continued success of our learners. Competitions like this build confidence levels in our learners who can demonstrate their ability, not only at a local level, but also at a national level.”


Third-year apprentice Patrick Carr scooped a bronze medal at eMAC (electrotechnical Modern Apprenticeship Competition) held recently at West College Scotland’s Paisley Campus and will now represent New College Lanarkshire at WorldSkills UK in Birmingham in November.

John McCusker, curriculum and quality leader for electrical installation and securities, said: “The successes of Mark and Patrick are a sound reflection of their dedication and the efforts of all their tutors.”