Success is in the pipeline for Fergus

Fergus Stewart is Apprentice of the Year
Fergus Stewart is Apprentice of the Year
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Bright spark Fergus Stewart has taken a top oil and gas industry award.

The 18-year-old from Bonnybridge was named 2011 Apprentice of the Year by OPITO.

He is training to become an instrument technician through a full-time course at Jewel & Esk College in Edinburgh, one of only four industry-appointed colleges in the UK. This is the third year in a row that a student from the capital college has won OPITO’s top apprentice award.

Fergus faced stiff competition from apprentice technicians across Scotland studying disciplines including mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and process.

He said: “This is an amazing award to win as the modern apprentices are highly sought after by employers across the industry in terms of skills and training, so having this additional award is a fantastic achievement.

“I was attracted to the oil and gas industry because I felt that it was an area of interest to myself and somewhere, if you work hard, the benefits are there to progress up the career ladder and the rewards are limitless.”

Fergus added that his ultimate aim was to become an offshore installation manager and be in charge of a platform.

He said: “I believe the practical skills that I am learning will benefit me and help me achieve this aim.”

The teenager started on the scheme in September last year. After he completes the 21 months college-based phase of the programme, he will be placed with an oil and gas company where he will gain a further two years on-the-job training.

John Fraser, OPITO’s modern apprentice scheme manager, said: “Fergus should be very proud of his achievement, it was a very hard decision for the judges, with all the candidates of an exceptional calibre.”