Kinlochleven Based Apprenticeships with the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government provides lots of exciting career opportunities from politicians to providing young people, work based learning opportunities through the offering of apprenticeship schemes in numerous areas. There are numerous job opportunities throughout Scotland as apprentice Rebecca Small found when she applied for an apprenticeship with the Scottish Government Central Enquiry Unit in Kinlochleven. Rebecca stayed on until 6th year at high school and did consider going to University but decided that an apprenticeship was the right career path for her. She shares her story below:

What inspired you to enrol on your apprenticeship programme with this particular company?

‘My name is Rebecca Small. I work for the Scottish Government and my apprenticeship was Business Admin Level 2. I finished it in March 2019 after 9 months.’

‘It was a better choice for me than going to University and also too good an opportunity to miss.’

What qualifications did you require to enrol on your apprenticeship programme?

‘I wasn’t asked for any qualifications at any point to start my apprenticeship but I assume they assess your competency level through interview and assessment. The personal qualities I was mainly asked for was communication and people skills as I was going to be working on a switchboard.’

What are the benefits of being an apprentice at where you work?

‘There are so many benefits to being an apprentice with the Scottish Government. Mainly it’s because you have a permanent job from day one. Also I like how all of your learning is done on the job and your colleagues allow plenty of time to complete assigned tasks.’

‘There are also a lot of networking and learning opportunities, which unfortunately working rurally I’ve only managed to go to a few of. The pay is also amazing. Getting a permanent employee wage instead of an apprenticeship wage and climbing the pay scale immediately is great.’

Describe a daily day as an apprentice at your company

‘We work as the main switchboard for the Scottish Government in Transport Scotland, so our day mainly consists of answering phone and email enquiries from the general public and other companies. The work is very varied as you can never expect who you are going to get a call or email from and they can sometimes be extremely difficult to handle.’

What advice would you give to other young people wanting to enrol on an apprenticeship programme?

‘Honestly do it, a job and a qualification in one. Start earning a good wage and contributing to your pension as soon as you leave school. Some amazing opportunities through being an apprentice that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. It has certainly been the best possible path for me after leaving school and I’m already looking to further my career with a graduate apprenticeship.’

Thanks to Rebecca for sharing her apprenticeship career journey! If you would like to find out about apprenticeship opportunities: FoundationModern or Graduate, or are a business thinking of taking on an apprentice a FoundationModern or Graduate, please get in touch with your local DYW West Highland team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram LinkedIn