An Irvine teen has been named Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year for 2018.

Engineering apprentice Fraser Wallace won the accolade at Skills Development Scotland's Scottish Apprenticeship Awards. 

Fraser's career has soared since he started on his Foundation Apprenticeship at Ayrshire College as a Greenwood Academy pupil, gaining work-based learning at aviation experts GE Caledonian as part of his qualification. 

The 18-year-old is now able to work, earn and learn by landing a Modern Apprenticeship at the firm this year, after impressing the bosses with his performance and passion for the job.  

Fraser also won the title of Foundation Apprentice of the Year at the event, which was sponsored by College Development Network. 

He received both awards in front his employer, college, family and over 300 guests at a ceremony held at Perth Concert Hall last week. 

Speaking about his win, Fraser said: "It feels absolutely amazing to win this award and I'm really happy to have been recognised for my achievement.

"My biggest supporters have been my mum and dad, the college and everyone at my work, including Stepehen McNab at GE Caledonian.

"I'd say to anyone thinking about what to do in their career to think about their options and give an apprenticeship a shot, because, like me, you never know what can happen."

The teen was drawn to a Foundation Apprenticeship in engineering because of his love of problem solving and working with his hands.  

 Open to pupils in S5 and S6, a Foundation Apprenticeship usually take two years to complete and result in a qualification at the same level as a Higher. The Foundation Apprenticeship combines learning at college and work-based learning with a relevant employer.  

Fraser said: “I chose engineering because it was always something I was interested in. All the people who work here at GE Caledonian are very supportive and, if you ask, they are willing to help you as much as they can.”  

Fraser’s skills with hand tools are at a level where he can start at year two of the MA. 

Through his FA, he built strong foundation skills in electrical wiring and soldering, mathematics application, CAD, and testing processes and controls.   

Stephen McNab of GE Caledonian says: “The impression that Fraser left was an ever-lasting one when he did his work experience with us. He had a genuine interest and a genuine passion which came through and it carried him forward to the next stage of his FA. He really excelled and was one of the top performers in his year.”  

Kirsty Taylor, Foundation Apprentice and Employer Engagement Lead at Ayrshire College says: “Fraser has developed core skills essential for the work place such as time-keeping, working independently, responsibility and flexibility. His enthusiasm and commitment to the FA has led to him, alongside GE Caledonian, discussing the benefits of the course at public events and conferences.   

“Fraser has excelled at putting the theory and skills he learned into practice at GE Caledonian.”