Celebrating our apprentices

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Four modern apprentices started at Queens Cross in 2018.To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week, from 4-8 March, we wanted to highlight the stories of our apprentices here at Queens Cross.

The association recruited four modern apprentices in 2018, and all four are settling into their roles well.

18-year-old Liam joined the association in August as an apprentice electrician after leaving school.

“I’m enjoying the variety of the role, doing different things and learning on the job and in college every day. I’d like to stay at Queens Cross but I’ll take it as it comes.

“I wouldn’t go out my way to move to another organisation.”

Different environment to school

Similarly, trainee plumber Lee Campbell started at Queens Cross at the same time as Liam.

He has aspirations of starting up his own plumbing company one day.

“I like learning about the different areas of plumbing and I’m enjoying working in a different environment from school.

“I’d like to be kept on by Queens Cross after my apprenticeship. One day in the future I’d love to start my own plumbing company.”

More confident person

Starting a few months earlier than Liam and Lee, Taylor McPhail and Gary Miller are both doing 18-month business administration apprenticeships at Queens Cross.

Taylor is hoping to go to college in the future.

“I’ve really gained from the experience of working in different offices within the organisation. My customer services skills have improved and I’m now a more confident person,” Taylor said.

“I’d like to go to college and study accountancy after I complete my apprenticeship.”

A lot of room for progression

Gary, meanwhile, is keeping his options open.

“I’ve enjoyed it so far. The team has been really supportive and I’ve gained a lot of different skills.

“I’ll take it as it comes when I finish. In a housing association there’s so many different roles and a lot of room for progression so I can work my way up if all goes well during my apprenticeship.”