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Procast’s learners are in a class of their own

26th February 2021

TODAY is the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, and Procast are looking forward to sharing stories of our employees who are currently in training or education.

The theme of the week, which runs from March 1 to 5 is “Business Backing Talent”, and we hope to inspire others by putting the spotlight on the achievements and experiences of our staff and demonstrating the benefits of our organisation supporting them.

Coinciding with Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the Build Your Future initiative, which provides a suite of virtual resources to help people develop their careers in the built environment and to drive the Scottish government’s Develop the Young Workforce  strategy to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent.

As dynamic and progressive employers, Procast know that it has never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships and traineeships, and, like many other businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed new and safe ways to recruit staff in our commitment to backing talent.

Needless to say, the Scottish government and Skills Development Scotland are fully behind all the channels being deployed to show the benefits of employing apprentices and supporting other employees in career development via training and education.

Build Your Future is also being used to raise the profile of International Women’s Day on March 8.

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the time for all those in Scotland benefiting from apprenticeships to join together and share their stories to encourage others to get involved, we are delighted to showcase the talent we are nurturing.

So first up is …

Michael Doherty

Age

22

 

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I have a twin brother called Steven.

 

What course are you doing?

Currently HNC in Quantity Surveying – moving on to a Degree is QS.

 

Do you enjoy earning while learning?

Being able to earn a salary while going to college or uni as well as gaining experience within the industry and career that I am studying, is an amazing opportunity. Progressing in a career that interests me is my ultimate goal so I could not be happier with it.

 

Why did you choose this course?

I have always been good with numbers as well as had a great interest in construction from a young age, so for me, a Quantity Surveyor is my perfect job role and course to be studying. It allows me to see construction works through from start to completion as well as deal with the financial side of the works which is a very different and equally as important side to see.

 

Do you have a good network of support at work to ensure you reach your full potential?

Yes – the people I work with have been great. I value working so closely with people who have so much experience and knowledge in the industry. It pushes me to always give my all and make an impression where I can.

 

What are your long-term career aspirations?

I would like to become a fully Chartered Surveyor. I appreciate I am a firm believer in “hard work pays off”. I am eager to progress in my career and head towards my Chartership and the thought of working abroad has always been something that excites me.

 

Is there anything else we can support you with?

No – nothing in particular.

 

Scott Marshall

Age

19

 

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I have my postcode tattooed on my leg.

 

What course are you doing?

Plumbing and heating.

 

Do you enjoy earning while learning?

Yes – it keeps my brain fully active and I know that I am developing to the best of my abilities at all times.

 

Why did you choose this course?

It’s an exciting opportunity filled with loads of potential.

 

Do you have a good network of support at work to ensure you reach your full potential?

Every day, I am learning and my colleagues help with this.

 

What are your long-term career aspirations?

To one day own a gas service company.

 

Is there anything else we can support you with?

No.

 

 

Jamie Kinnen

Age

17

 

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I am a Motherwell FC fan, and I am a season ticket holder at Fir Park.

 

What course are you doing?

Joinery and Carpentry.

 

Do you enjoy earning while learning?

Yes.

 

Why did you choose this course?

Joinery has always interested me – and I see it as a very useful trade.

 

Do you have a good network of support at work to ensure you reach your full potential?

Yes – the people I work with have been great. I love working so with people who have so much experience of the industry.

 

What are your long-term career aspirations?

To be a qualified joiner and have my own joinery company

 

Is there anything else we can support you with?

No.

 

 

 

 

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