Scottish Apprenticeship Week spotlight: Mitchell Runcie - Duthie Motors

Mitchell Runcie’s love of all things car related began as a teenager, helping his older brother Bruce work on his Stock Car which he raced at Crimond Raceway.

Mitchell Runcie

“Bruce taught me everything as a young boy,” Mitchell said. “I got a Saturday job with Duthie Motors and at the end of my fourth year at school I was offered an apprenticeship. Working full-time I found that it wasn’t long before I knew more about car mechanics than my brother!”

Mitchell recently completed his City & Guilds Level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship and attended a presentation evening at Fraserburgh Campus to officially receive his certification.

He continued: “I have always known that I wanted to work with cars. Staying on at school just didn’t appeal to me – I was more interested in starting work and earning my own money. So I began my apprenticeship and went to College on day release. This meant that, for most of the week, I was hands on, and every Thursday I attended College for the theory – understanding in greater depth how all the component parts work. I found that the mix of practical and college learning really suited me.”

Mitchell works as part of a small team in the Duthie Motors workshop, and he thoroughly enjoys his role.

“I really enjoy what I do – what I have learnt it that one of the most important parts of the job is communication. It’s key. I have to speak to everyone to makes sure I have all the information to carry out the task.”

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