National Apprenticeship Week

Scottish Apprenticeship Week focuses on the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy. 

Events and activities involving employers, apprentices,colleges, local authorities and training providers are taking place across the country to celebrate the success of apprenticeships.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) organises Scottish Apprenticeship Week to encourage many more employers to take on apprentices. 

Our Apprentices

Calum Meiklejohn, Apprentice Business Administrator.

 

What Apprenticeship are you doing and when did you start?

I am doing a Business Admin Apprenticeship with Stirling Council and I started at the end of August.

Describe your best day at work?

My best day was probably the first as I met loads of new people and felt very comfortable in the building as I was shown everything and the staff were very friendly.

What has changed about you since you’ve been doing the Apprenticeship?

Because of what my job consists of I feel I have become more organised and people focused. This has also helped boost my confidence and team working skills significantly. 

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council, if so, why?

Yes, this is because it is a great opportunity for young people looking to learn while working, you are able to study for an SVQ while working full time in the workplace allowing you to get hands on experience and further help develop your career.

  

Conroy Hunter,  Modern Apprentice in the Corporate Health & Safety Team

What Apprenticeship are you doing and when did you start?

It is a Health & Safety apprenticeship which involves passing the qualification Occupational Health & Safety Level 3 SVQ, which I have completed. I started in February 2016.

Describe your best day at work?

One of my best days at work would be when gaining the qualification for Health & Safety as it made all the extra work worth it. There have been other times where I have been given independence to carry out assessments or visits either by myself or with another inspector/officer and really enjoyed the experience

What has changed about you since you’ve been doing the Apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship has developed my knowledge of Health & Safety, specifically policies, procedures, processes etc. I also feel I have improved my ability to work with spreadsheets and databases as well as internal systems. The position has additionally improved my efficiency when carrying out tasks for the team

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council?

Yes I would as this job has handed me the opportunity to develop my office based skills which is one of the reasons I applied for apprenticeship. The job has also provided variety when going from working in the office to carrying out inspections or assessments. Another reason I’d recommend working with Stirling Council is that they offer opportunities for you to improve your skills and attributes through courses and further education.

Emma-Louise Love, Accountancy Assistant

What was your Apprenticeship and when did you do it?

I started Stirling Council as a Trainee Accountancy Assistant in February 2013 securing a permanent role as an Accounts Assistant in October 2015. I achieved a Diploma in Accounting SCQF 6 in 2014, then the same Diploma at SCQF 8 in 2015.

Describe your best day at work?

My best day(s) at work is when I am able to provide guidance/advice to a service to help with any budget issues they are having and resolve these issues as I feel then I have done my job in helping them achieve what they need to do in order to run a successful service.

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

Completing my apprenticeship has allowed me to gain valuable work experience while completing college to achieve my Membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians. This is has allowed my career to progress within the council and has also allowed me to start studying towards becoming a Professional Accountant while still gaining further experience as I take on new work, new challenges and of course while getting paid to do so.

How have you changed?

Since starting my apprenticeship I feel my confidence has grown a lot as an individual, I now attend council panel meetings and budget meetings with service managers where I feel I can provide the service they are looking for and with the confidence required. I also feel my understanding of finance and the roles it plays within the organisation has grown to.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council?

I would recommend an apprenticeship with Stirling Council as it allows you to work and gain valuable qualifications and work experience on the job. It also opens doors for career progression both within and out with the Council as well as giving you opportunities to be part of new things.

George Millar, Plasterer

What was you Apprenticeship and when did you do it?

Plastering which I finally completed in 2014.

Describe your best day at work?

Best day is when it’s hassle free and you can just get on with the job. When you are able to reflect on things.

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

I was encouraged and always wanted a Trade and I achieved this.

How have you changed?

I have become much more confident, I have time to reflect on myself as I work on my own a lot. Much more comfortable in myself. Learnt how to “read” people, and how to be in their lives as a tradesman and stay professional. I can have conversations with a variety of people. 

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council?

Yes, if you want a trade and realise that you need to go to college and commit, put in 1000 hours! But think about your future, it’s a physically demanding job.

  

Josh Tierney Housing Options Officer

What was you Apprenticeship and when did you do it?

Modern Apprenticeship in Housing – started, in August 2012, completed qualifications in March 2014 and got a job as Housing Assistant in April 2014.

Describe your best day at work?

Helping a very vulnerable elderly women with mental health problem who was returning to the UK after decades abroad,she ended up sleeping on the streets as she was unaware of how the benefits/eligibility/public services had changed. I helped her get initial accommodation, got her through Habitual Residency Test/access benefits system and rehoused her to a secure sheltered accommodation tenancy.

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

It gave me a chance to start a new career in Housing. Unlike university/college I had the ability to work/get paid while learning on the job/gaining experience and also complete the relevant qualifications. Gained knowledge in many housing areas as during apprenticeship was rotated around multiple different teams.

How have you changed?

I am now much more mature and knowledgeable in many areas of housing compared to when I first started.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council, if so, why?

Yes, I have recommended both family and friends to apply for Modern Apprenticeship jobs when they were advertised as vacant as it is a fantastic opportunity to start a new career, gain experience/qualifications and many of the previous MA scheme graduates have progressed/been promoted quickly.

Paul Mason, Admin Support Officer in Social Services.

What was your Apprenticeship?

I was a trainee admin support officer in Education.

Describe your best day at work?

I had several fun events that I helped plan (and attend!) beside Clare Hoare, cultural coordinator. Such as a ceilidh and traditional music concert. It was a nice change from being in the office.

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

It was a means of progressing the employment ladder. It gave me my SVQ level 2 and 3 in Administration. It also gave me a lot of experience, which I found useful when seeking further employment.

How have you changed?

I have gained confidence and pride in my role. I feel much more capable and efficient.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council and why?

I would recommend it to people seeking full time employment. It is also an alternate path to gaining qualifications, while earning a wage, which suited me better than going to college.

Scott McIntyre, Joiner

What was your Apprenticeship and when did you do it?

Carpentry & Joinery MA completed in 2014

Describe your best day at work?

Getting to do joinery, making doors, facings, etc. Fitting these and bannisters etc. A day when all the customers are at home!

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

Got trade papers, got a career, a future and a second chance as I had lost my first apprenticeship due to job cuts. Proved myself!

How have you changed?

I’ve grown up a lot especially as you can see a lot of things you didn’t expect and realise how fortunate you are.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council & why?

Yes, they make sure work is varied. If you do as you are asked, be at work and learn you will get on.

Chloe Walker, Trainee Payroll Assistant

What was you Apprenticeship and when did you do it?

When starting with the council in January 2014 I was a Trainee Customer Service Advisor, working within a busy reception and dealing with the Council pool car system. I transferred into my new role in the Payroll Team October 2015.

Describe your best day at work?

My best day at work is any day that I can come in and leave feeling as though I have made a difference. Working in payroll we can get a lot of complicated questions regarding a number of different things and I enjoy the challenge of finding the answers, pushing myself to learn more and more about the role that I do.

What did doing an Apprenticeship mean for you and what did you get out of it?

By completing my apprenticeship I was able to gain valuable work experience whilst completing my SVQ in Customer Services. This has allowed me to progress in the work place/gain confidence in the roles that I have taken on.

How have you changed?

Since starting my apprenticeship with Stirling council I feel my confidence as a whole has been greatly improved. I have managed to move into a more challenging role that I probably would never have considered had my confidence both inside and outside of the work place not been boosted by this experience.

Would you recommend an Apprenticeship with Stirling Council and why?

I would highly recommend an apprenticeship with Stirling Council as it allows you to work and gain valuable experience/qualifications whilst doing so.

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