Heavy Vehicle apprentice scoops top award

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A heavy vehicle apprentice from New College Lanarkshire has scooped a top skills prize – after finishing as runner-up in the same competition last year.

Ryan Shah (pictured second from right) was named Scottish Young Engineer of the Year at the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) competition, which was held recently at the Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College.

A final-year apprentice in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at our Motherwell Campus, Ryan impressed the judges in eight practical tasks including diagnosing complex faults in engines, transmission, steering and braking systems.

He competed against another New College Lanarkshire student, John Gordon, who finished in fourth place, in addition to students from Fife College and Ayrshire College.

Ryan, 19, from Kinross, who combines his studies with working for AJ Spence Ltd in Milnathort, Kinross, said: “It was a great day with a lot of variety in the tasks.

“I was the runner-up in this competition last year so it’s great to come back and win it. Having another year’s experience behind me to expand my knowledge and develop my skills has obviously helped.”

He will now be invited to attend Ayrshire’s Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) meeting in October where he will receive a prize for his efforts.

Curriculum and Quality Leader Ian McLintock said: “Our congratulations to Ryan and John for competing in this prestigious annual event.

“It’s very rewarding to see how Ryan’s skills have improved over the course of a year to go from runner-up to clinching the title.

“And many thanks to their lecturers and assessors in preparing and developing them in their chosen profession.”

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