Work, earn and learn with Modern Apprenticeships

Apprentice Rachael Buchan testing out one of the Equalizer International tools
Apprentice Rachael Buchan testing out one of the Equalizer International tools

North East Scotland College is holding two open evenings as part of Scottish Apprenticeship week.

Both employers and apprentices will be on hand to share experiences and discuss opportunities within car maintenance, construction, engineering, hairdressing, plumbing, sea fishing and welding.

The events will take place on Tuesday, May 20 at Aberdeen City Campus and on Thursday, May 22 at Fraserburgh Campus from 4p-7pm.

Modern Apprenticeships will be of interest to those at the start of their career path – whether currently at school, college or in employment.

Paul Sherrington, Depute Principal, says: “Modern Apprenticeships are thriving, presumably because so many young adults enjoy the advantages of earning a wage and learning at the same time.

“After two to four years, depending on the level of apprenticeship, trainees will have gained both industry recognised qualifications and the practical experience of actually doing the job. They are then well placed to take advantage of any opportunities which emerge.”

He continues: “It’s important for the College to promote the benefits of the Modern Apprenticeship programme as for many it is still a relatively unknown alternative career pathway. We are currently running over 500 apprenticeships across the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire region and this likely to grow given the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Government for 25,000 new Modern Apprenticeship places each year. Many employers understand the benefits that apprenticeships can bring to an organisation – it’s a way of growing talent and harnessing new energy and fresh ideas.”

Rachael Buchan (17), from Peterhead, is currently undertaking a Mechanical Engineering Craft Apprenticeship at Equalizer International in Aberdeen and is employed as a Bench Technician.

She explains: “I hadn’t heard about Modern Apprenticeships until I started college and learnt of all the opportunities on offer.

“I chose an apprenticeship over a full time college course because I think there is much more to be gained by getting practical work experience as early as possible.

“Employers seem to want this. I find it really helpful to put what I learn in college into practice at work.”

Anyone requiring further information about attending or exhibiting at the event or the Modern Apprenticeship programme should contact Lindsey Hatherley on 01346 586138.