Apprentices at New College Lanarkshire have put their skills to the test as part of Scottish Apprenticeship week.
Competitions were held at Motherwell Campus for Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The competition in Electronic Fire & Security Systems involved 35 trainees being tasked with installing either an intruder or a fire alarm to British and European standards in just two hours.
Corrie Stewart of CSS Ltd was one of the three winners from the Electronic Fire & Security Systems category. The competition was so close and to such a high standard that the judges decided to award Corrie with the award Grand Champion, for her outstanding performance.
Corrie will now travel to London in June to take part in IFSEC International’s 19th annual ‘Engineers of Tomorrow’ contest, which takes place at ExCeL London.
Curriculum and Quality Leader David Scott said: “Competitions like this are good for our apprentices’ learning experiences. “Competing makes learning challenging, it motivates apprentices and keeps them enthusiastic. We’ve had some students who have really shone in a way that we weren’t expecting. “By taking part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we’re highlighting to employers the benefits of taking on apprentices.”
Paul Connelly, Managing Director, CSS Ltd said: “We are very proud of all of the efforts made by our people on the North Lanarkshire Council Modern Apprenticeship programme. We are particularly delighted that our very own Corrie Stewart’s efforts were recognised by the judges and to be named the Grand Champion.
Our businesses investment in our young people is paying benefits for our customers at large. This is achieved both in the field support of our experienced engineering personnel, supporting the apprentices and the college’s in-house apprenticeship programme. Corrie and her fellow apprentices should be proud of the strides taken thus far in becoming the bedrock of our business in years to come.
A rich supply of young talent is coming through, just as many within the industry are heading towards retirement. There is plenty of scope for all partners to encourage more young women in particular to work at the sharp end of our support services within the security industry.”