The 2023 Ayrshire Apprenticeship Challenge

Between April and September Apprentices from Ayrshire College, GE Caledonian and Collins Aerospace signed up for the opportunity to plan and complete a challenge that would be of benefit to their local community.   

The challenge gives apprentices the opportunity to develop new skills out with their everyday learning whilst allowing the chance to showcase their talents and learning in new ways.  

Prior to the finale apprentices took part in a presentation workshop led by Margorie Calder of Ocean Blue Consulting to help build confidence and skills for presenting to the panel of judges.  

The teams challenges were: 

GE: Engaged with YIP World during Science Week with engineering games and built a STEM station to provide young people with information about engineering careers.  

Collins: Built an outdoor learning space for pupils at Kincaidston Primary. 

Ayrshire College Hairdressing:  Over a five-week period, apprentices ran a hair workshop for children aged 10-16 in Coylton.  

The finale event allowed judges Angela Cox from Ayrshire College, Claire Baird from Ayrshire Chamber and Claire Tooze from Skills Development Scotland, the chance to hear directly from the apprentices about their challenge.  

While GE Caledonian emerged triumphant, securing both Best Presentation and Best Overall Project awards, it was evident that all teams had delivered exceptional projects that their communities will benefit for months to come.