ABERDEEN apprenticeship training company, ITCA Training, highlighted the importance of apprenticeships when MSP Mark McDonald visited its headquarters in Dyce to meet students and staff following the company’s graduation ceremony recently.
84 learners graduated from ITCA, which is one of the largest engineering apprenticeship-training firms in Scotland.
Youngsters, who carried out their apprenticeships at local firms in the area, passed SVQ Levels 3 and 4 and Modern Apprenticeship courses in a range of disciplines including engineering, fabrication welding, business and administration and logistics.
Youngster Kevin Wilson, 21, who graduated with a Modern Apprenticeship in fabrication welding, had even more reason to celebrate when he was presented with the 2014 Learner of the Year Accolade in recognition of his hard work and dedication.
After leaving school, Kevin made the decision to join Aberdeen apprenticeship training company, ITCA Training, and began his career through the Get Ready for Work programme.
The training firm secured Mr Wilson a work placement with Dyce-based company Caledonian Petroleum Services (CPS) after he displayed a strong interest in welding.
After successfully completing the initial programme at ITCA, he secured a full-time position with the firm.
CPS utilises the programme to give young people an opportunity to kick-start a career within the oil and gas, welding and fabrication industry.
In October 2013, Mr Wilson reached the finals of Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship Awards, displaying his drive, determination and resilience to overcome dyslexia to succeed in his discipline.
June Jones, ITCA managing director, said: “ITCA is proud of the success of all its graduates but as in every learning environment there are always those who demonstrate exceptional skills and talent.
“Kevin has shown true dedication, motivation, enthusiasm and commitment throughout his apprenticeship and is a role model for learners. We wish all our graduates all the best in their future careers.”
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