A NORTH-east apprenticeship training centre has celebrated the graduation of more than 100 apprenticeship learners at its biannual graduation ceremony.
Aberdeen-based ITCA, which is one of Scotland’s largest engineering apprenticeship-training firms, held its graduation ceremony yesterday (Monday 3 December) at an afternoon ceremony at the city’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
The ceremony saw 114 learners from a wide range of disciplines including engineering, welding, fabrication and administration receive certificates to complete their apprenticeship training before embarking on the next chapter of their learning career.
The graduation ceremony was attended by more than 300 guests, which included representatives from the firms that have supported apprentices, plus family and friends of the learners and staff from the training facility.
The formal ceremony included keynote speakers including Managing Director of Frasermedia, Pauline Cook, Bridget Upton, of Hunting Energy Services, Bob Steel of CPS and Derek Andrews from the EAL which is the external verifier and awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors.
The ceremony also saw learners from each discipline being awarded for their outstanding achievements throughout their apprenticeship and Business and Administration SVQ Level 4 graduate, Alison Taylor, was presented with the award for the overall Learner of the Year 2012.
Alison Taylor, safety secretary for Total E&P UK, said: “I was thrilled to have been awarded with learner of the year. Total have sponsored me throughout my apprenticeship and it has been a fantastic opportunity as part of my role within the company.
“I have worked for Total at their St. Fergus Terminal for many years, and thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with ITCA.
“They have atrue dedication to each and every one of their learners and the support I received from them throughout my apprenticeship was invaluable and I have certainly learnt that age is no barrier to learning.”
Managing director of ITCA, June Jones, said: “The graduations are a great event within ITCA for both the staff and the learners themselves. It was fantastic to see such a great turn out at the ceremony this year and it is even better to see the students celebrate their achievements.
“We have seen great support from North-east firms taking on learners for employment and it is great to see the oil and gas sector investing in the future.”
The firm which was launched in 1989 works with a range of firms across the North-east to provide training for young employees in sectors including, welding, fabrication, mechanical engineering, business administration and logistics and manages around 100 apprenticeships per year from around 70 North-east firms.
Issued by Frasermedia Ltd on behalf of ITCA.
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