Robbie Johnston (22) is in the final year of his engineering apprenticeship and his ultimate aim is to become a FE lecturer in welding.

After leaving school with four National 5’s (maths, English, business studies and computer studies) he managed to secure a modern apprenticeship with Morrison & Murray, a general engineering firm based in Galashiels. After 2 years he felt that he wanted to specialise more in the welding side of engineering and an opportunity arose with Hawick-based Turnbull & Scott, a specialist manufacturer of heaters and heat exchangers. Robbie attends Edinburgh College once a week. He already has his NC in Fabrication & Welding and will have an HNC in Engineering Systems by the time he completes his apprenticeship.

Outside of work Robbie is a keen bowler. He is currently vice-president of the Abbotsford Bowling Club and has won numerous open trophies each season. His proudest achievement to date has been playing with his two brothers in the same team.

He said: “The best thing about a Modern Apprenticeship is the opportunity to learn. I have learned such a lot from co-workers and everyday I am learning new things. Once qualified I would like to spend a few more years in the industry gaining experience but my ultimate goal is to teach welding in the FE sector.”