Colin heads Forfar list of prizewinning college kids

Colin Milne Guthrie.
Colin Milne Guthrie.

Dundee and Angus College prize-giving ceremony saw apprentice joiner Colin Milne, of Guthrie near Forfar, pick up his second award of the year having nailed first place in the Scottish heat of the Skillbuild competition.

It was plane sailing for Colin as he was presented with the Arbroath Guildry Scholarship by Ian Ballantyne, Dean of the Arbroath Guildry, at a glittering event held in the Angus Centre for Enterprise, at D&A College Arbroath Campus.

Colin is a third-year apprentice with Angus joinery firm J F Fitchet and Son, and his presence at the advanced students’ prize-giving dove-tailed neatly between his Skillbuild victory in Glasgow recently and representing Scotland at the UK finals in November.

Should the 23-year-old hammer his rival joiners in Birmingham, then he will board a plane for Brazil where the Worldskills competition is taking place next year.

A total of 25 students had their efforts rewarded at the prize-giving ceremony with Colin being joined on the stage by other Forfarians; Hayley Gray was presented with the Best HND Social Science Student and Jo McKenzie took the Ede and Ravenscroft Award for Community and Citizenship.

From animal care to art, construction to computing, social science to sports, a range of advanced courses at D&A College were represented by the prize-winning students.

The full list of local D&A prizewinners:

Best Social Science Student, HND: Hayley Gray, Forfar; Arbroath Guildry Scholarship: Colin Milne, Guthrie, Forfar; The Ede & Ravenscroft Award for Community & Citizenship: Jo McKenzie, Forfar.