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Electrical engineer wins Ambassador of the Year at Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

Electrical engineer Cameron MacDonald was crowned Ambassador of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, held earlier this month.

As reported by Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser, 21-year-old Cameron, who is an operational technology lead at Diageo’s Alloa base in Clackmannanshire, volunteers his time to promote apprenticeships at schools and events.

He said: “It’s a great privilege to win and it’s not something I ever thought would happen.

“My main goal was and still is to inspire young people into a career path that could potentially change their lives and that will be something I will assist with for years to come.

“The recognition is welcomed and massively appreciated.”

After he completed his modern apprenticeship in electrical engineering, Cameron  continued his career journey in  Alloa and is combining that job with a graduate apprenticeship that will ultimately lead to a degree in  Engineering and Electrical Design and Manufacture at Heriot-Watt University. 

He added: “I always wanted to be an electrical engineer. When I was about 10, I used to buy old Scalextric cars and fix them up.  I’ve always had a fascination with electrics and when I’m passionate about something like engineering then I really focus and succeed.” 

Frank Mitchell, chair of Skills Development Scotland, said: “Businesses backing talent through apprenticeships will play a crucial role in supporting Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic.

“The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards show the value apprentices add to employers and the economy.

“In the most challenging of years, our fantastic winners and finalists show that apprenticeships provide the skills that employers and Scotland need for the future.

“Cameron is a great example of apprenticeships unlocking potential and changing lives.”