Scott and Robert get the job done
TWO apprentices at a leading Elgin company have been praised to the hilt after gaining mechanical engineering qualifications.
The path to success began four years ago for Scott Coull, who went to Elgin Academy, and Buckie High old boy Robert Scott.
Each responded to an advert looking for apprentices which was placed by Hendry Hydraulics within the Northern Scot.
Back in 2015, a total of 40 young people came along to an open day at the firm's main base on Elgin's Pinefield Industrial Estate.
From that number a selection of 20 were given interviews.
Six were then picked out to undertake a series of skill tests to help access their potential.
Hendry Hydraulics' original intention had been to only hire two new members of staff.
However, the company was so impressed that a decision was taken to offer jobs to four.
On top of that, they firm chose to put Scott (22) and Robert (21) through a course at Inverness College in computer numerical control.
The three-year course has involved spending time both in the classroom and on the factory floor.
Managing director Mike Hendry said: "We're really proud of Scott and Robert – they're good lads
"It's hard completing an apprenticeship. It meant that, at times, they were putting in a full day's shift here, then going back home and doing college work.
"They've both had to show real dedication.
"Most business struggle to get people with the right skills, especially in this part of the world.
"You can't always advertise to find them. You have to grow your own.
"That's why we believe apprenticeships are so important. It's a chance for companies to invest both in young people and in their own futures.
"It really is a two-way street."
Hendry Hydraulics was founded by Mike's father in 1964.
In the beginning it had just two members of staff
It has since expanded to employ a hundred, with more working at an off-shoot in Newcastle.
Now aged 92, Mike Hendry Snr took the time to call in especially to present Scott and Robert with their certificates from Inverness College.
In addition, the pair were also given a tool chest each.
Scott and Robert's apprenticeships were partly funded by Skills Scotland.
The company currently has another apprentice on its books – Callum Duncan from Dufftown who is now in his second year.