Scottish Apprenticeship Week spotlight: Muir Gregor - Macduff Shipyards
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Muir Gregor, from Aberchirder, owes his apprenticeship to his Saturday job, which he started when he was at school, working for Macduff Shipyards - helping out and tidying up. He was offered a job with the company on his 16th birthday, and after 12 months he began working his modern apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (CNC Machining).
In his first year he spent three days at College studying for his Performing Engineering Operations qualification, followed by one day a week in the second and third year to complete his National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. His final year was all work based with a college assessor regularly visiting Macduff Shipyards, and he gained the final part of his apprenticeship qualification at SVQ Level 3.
“The apprenticeship has flown by”, Muir said. “At the beginning, four years seemed like a long time but it’s really not when you enjoy what you’re doing. I am now back at college studying for my HNC in Engineering Practice. My employer is really supportive allowing me to build on my existing qualifications – I have found that if you work hard for your employer then they will do a lot for you.”