Scottish Apprenticeship Week spotlight: Ewen Gregor - Macduff Shipyards

As a farmer’s son, Ewen Gregor from Aberchirder was always tinkering around with bits and pieces of machinery on the farm, and says that he has always preferred practical hands-on learning to being based in the classroom.

Ewen Gregor

A highlight for Ewen, whilst he attended Banff Academy, was taking part in the Young Engineers challenge, where he was part of the school team who made it to the final at Goodwood motor racing circuit.

“I have always enjoyed working with my hands”, he said, “which is why I decided to go down the engineering route. I had a summer job with Macduff Shipyards - helping out and tidying up – and found the workshop really interesting. I was offered a full-time job and started my apprenticeship in Marine Engineering. I focus mainly on repair work, although I do get involved in new builds. There is so much variety – it is never boring and I am learning all the time.”

After four years, Ewen completed his Level 3 Marine Engineering apprenticeship and attended a presentation evening at Fraserburgh Campus to officially receive his certification.

“The apprenticeship route suited me because I wanted to progress and gain further qualifications but not in a classroom environment. There has been a lot of on the job learning and I spent a few days a week at College in the first two years. I can honestly say that I think my job is great and I am very happy doing what I’m doing.”

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