Scottish Plant Owners Association Apprentices of the Year 2021/2022 visit Caterpillar manufacturing facility in Peterlee

The Scottish Plant Owners Association’s (SPOA) Apprentices of the Year 2021/2022, plant mechanic apprentice Callum McIntyre and plant operator apprentice Eleanor Macmillan-Currie, recently enjoyed a full factory tour of the Caterpillar manufacturing facility for articulated dump trucks in Peterlee.

The 2021/2022 awards, which were co-sponsored by Finning UK & Ireland (the world’s largest dealer of Cat® machines, engines, equipment, and power solutions) and CITB, recognised the achievements of Callum and Eleanor as they progress through their CITB apprenticeships. Callum is a plant mechanic apprentice at DM Forklifts in Stonehaven and Eleanor is a plant operator apprentice at W&M Currie & Son on the Isle of Islay.

The visit was part of their winning package and was organised and hosted by Finning UK & Ireland. The apprentices got to see the complete production line from sheet steel to a fully operational machine and were given the opportunity to operate the machines. Callum and Eleanor also enjoyed excellent hospitality with an evening dinner attended by John Gallacher from Finning, and Callum Mackintosh, President of the SPOA, as well as staying in luxury overnight accommodation.

Gilly Butler, Product Support Sales Manager – North, from Finning UK & Ireland] said: “It was a pleasure to invite the SPOA Apprentices of the Year 2021/2022, Callum and Eleanor, to visit the Caterpillar Peterlee factory. The afternoon consisted of a visit to the proving ground, where they both enjoyed driving around the site in a Cat 730 and Cat 745. My thanks to the Cat team for their excellent hospitality and very warm welcome.”

Callum Mackintosh, President of the SPOA, added: “I would like to express my thanks to Finning UK & Ireland for organising this visit and for the fantastic hospitality we received.”

The winners of the SPOA Apprentice of the Year Awards 2022/2023 will also be enjoying their prize later this year.

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