Apprentices celebrate benefits of opportunity

David Young, who is now apprenticing for BT.
David Young, who is now apprenticing for BT.

Local businesses and apprentices celebrate the benefits

Scottish Apprenticeship Week brings to businesses, individuals and the economy.

The campaign sees events and activity across Scotland from Shetland to the Borders.

The week is coordinated by national skills body, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and is backed by employers from family firms to global businesses.

Barrhead-based David Young heard of apprenticeships while at school and always had a keen interest in starting one.

The former Barrhead High pupil wanted to get into a career that offered variety and a challenge. When he heard of an engineering apprenticeship with BT, he found exactly what he was looking for.

David, 21, said: “Every single day is different which is why I like the apprenticeship. You could be going to Gretna or you could be going next door. You wake up each morning not knowing what to expect, it’s really exciting.”

Fixing telephone lines, problem solving/diagnostics and installations are just some of the things David does through his apprenticeship. The variety of the challenge means he feels he’s already learned a great deal.

William McDonald, BT Service Operations Manager, said: “As a young apprentice he has slotted in really well and brings a lot to the team. He is forward thinking and is a really capable engineer. In such a short space of time he’s grasped so much.”

David’s family are proud of the route he’s chosen.

He said: “My mum really is over the moon with what I’m doing. She is proud I am learning a trade that and working towards something I will have for life.”

David offers some advice to those thinking of a similar path. He said: “An apprenticeship has given me the chance to learn more about something I’m interested in. It will give you something for life.”