Annual carpentry and joinery challenge

North East Scotland College’s (NESCol) Fraserburgh Campus had the honour of hosting the Scottish Association of Timber Trade Teachers (SATTT) Annual Craft Competition on Saturday 18th May. Students from colleges across Scotland came together to compete in the oldest joinery competition in Scotland. Ryan Foggo from Edinburgh College (Granton Campus) was awarded first place, second place to James Westland from South Lanarkshire College and third to Alistair Penman Forth Valley College.

SATTT competition at Fraserburgh Campus

NESCol’s Vice Principal Neil Cowie welcomed the competitors and accompanying lecturers. He said, “Congratulations to all finalists representing your colleges here today. You should all have an immense sense of pride that you have been selected to compete in this prestigious event. Thanks to SATTT and their members for all their hard work carried out behind the scenes in supporting this event which has now been running for 36 years. Finally, thank you to our local sponsors who have provided some wonderful prizes.”

Competitors were asked to complete a challenge of interpreting a technical specification to manufacture a key cabinet, putting into practice the skills and knowledge learnt at college.

SATTT members were provided with an afternoon’s nautical experience in nearby Peterhead. This included a tour on-board the pelagic trawler Pathway, owned by Lunar Fishing Co Ltd and skippered by Georgie Buchan, who kindly gave up his time to show visitors around this impressive fishing vessel. Guests also visited NESCol’s nautical training facility - the Scottish Maritime Academy - where they took part in a simulated rescue exercise using the transas full bridge marine simulator. Guests manned the three training bridges and were tasked with navigating their respective vessels to rescue personnel overboard.    

SATTT Chairman Stephen Nolan from New College Lanarkshire said, ”On behalf of all SATTT members. I would like to thank all the staff of North East Scotland College’s Fraserburgh Campus for allowing the 36th annual SATTT competition to be held at their College. The whole weekend event was well organised. Congratulations to the staff who were very welcoming and created a great sense of belonging - they are a credit to their college. I have no doubt that competitors and SATTT members all left with great memories of Fraserburgh.”

Sponsors of the prizes include: Alan Cruickshank Joinery; BDW North Scotland; Cairnhill Developments; Gray and Adams; Howdens Joinery; Jewson; Morrison Construction; Newline Building Products; Saint Gobain and SIR Joinery.