Human Resources

Meet our Modern Apprentices

Hear from some of our previous and current Modern Apprentices about their apprenticeships and why they are enjoying working at the University.

Apprentice Technician - Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences

Paul currently works as a Lab Technician within the School of Health and Social Sciences.

Paul Gordon

Before joining the University of Edinburgh’s Modern Apprentice Programme 2019, Paul worked in a bar and wanted to pursue his passion for Technology and Sport Science. 

Becoming an Apprentice Technician within the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences has given Paul many opportunities to grow and unlock his potential. Since completing his apprenticeship, he has become a registered technician and led the development of new labs within the Clinical Psychology department.

“My Apprenticeship gave me many opportunities and allowed me to work with people I would never have had the chance to. The additional Training sessions allowed me to prepare for having a pension for the first time and gave me a good foundation of knowledge digitally to reduce gaps in knowledge.”

 To anyone considering applying for a Modern Apprenticeship at the University, Paul would say, “Do it. It has changed my life and allowed me to have a job I love, work with people I enjoy being around, and given me so much confidence in myself. Without doing my MA, I would hate to see where I would be.”

Paul hopes to continue to pursue his passion and aspires to move into a managerial position over the coming years.

Human Resources Administrator

Daniel joined the University of Edinburgh’s Modern Apprentice program in 2018 as a Human Resources Administrative Modern Apprentice completing his SCQF level 5 in Business Administration. 

“I chose to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship with the University of Edinburgh because

Daniel Gaines, Senior HR Administrator, School of History Classics and Archaeology.

I was at a bit of a crossroads when deciding what I wanted to do after school. I never wanted to go to University; I always wanted to find a way to continue learning while earning money.”

Since completing his apprenticeship, Daniel has secured two promotions and worked in three different departments within the University. He completed his level 3 certificate in people practice qualification and enrolled in the University’s Aspiring Manager programme.

“I think the University of Edinburgh is a great employer. When I started, I felt supported whilst transitioning from school. The work environment was very different from school. However, I had a supportive and understanding team that helped me through the transition. Since completing my Apprenticeship and changing departments twice, the continual feeling at the University is that a strong feeling of community and belonging exists.”

I strongly recommend doing a Modern Apprentice with the University of Edinburgh. Since joining and completing my apprentice, I have felt valued in every department I have worked in.

The apprentice programme helped me grow both inside and outside of work. The workshops within the University’s Modern Apprentice programme have helped me become a better professional and develop my career in HR.”

Creative and Digital Marketing - Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Connor - MA

Connor started his career at the University in 2017 as a Modern Apprentice. He studied Creative and Digital Media while fulfilling his role as Design, Publication and Digital Media Assistant at the IGMM (now known as the Institute of Genetics and Cancer). 

His role involved working as an in-house designer as part of a small team, offering graphics/photography support and running a printing service. This position gives him the opportunity to work with a diverse range of both projects and people across the Institute.

"A modern apprenticeship is a good stepping-stone into the industry, particularly an industry that is hard to get into without experience."

After his Modern Apprenticeship ended in 2019, he was offered a full-time position as a Design, Publication and Digital Media Assistant. His current responsibilities include:

  • Working on various projects such as logo design
  • Designing both digital and print materials for marketing and advertising projects
  • Running a printing service for large format - small prints
  • Managing a number of websites
  • Photographing events, staff and student portraits
  • Creating digital content for social media such as motion graphics
  • Illustrating scientific research figures.

Clerical Administration - Accounts Payable

Photo of MA Jack
James joined the Accounts Payable team as a Clerical Administrator Apprentice after completing his Career Ready programme with the University while still at School. He is completing an Accounting (AAT) Level 2 qualification, which is mainly self-study, however he is supported by a tutor from the training provider to complete his end of unit exams.  James says he learns something new every week and his colleagues are really supportive of his studies and help explain things.

“Completing the Career Ready programme at the University of Edinburgh really helped prepare me for the world of work and a Modern Apprenticeship. The University of Edinburgh is one of the best places to work, because of its size. You can gain experience and get involved in lots of different things to widen your knowledge. I would say to others, just go for it. It’s an amazing opportunity!”

Animal Applied Science - Central Bio-Research Services (CBS)

Callum joined the University in 2017 from school where he completed an HNC in Applied Science.  He is now gaining real work experience while studying a Life Science modern apprenticeship specialising in Animal Applied Science with Fife College.  He attends college once a week. Callum is enjoying working and learning at the same time. Outside work, Callum is a keen bagpiper.  He recently won gold at the Cowal Highland Games solo piping competition.

"The University is a good place to work, it is a big organisation with lots of opportunities and offers apprenticeships in different areas."

Accounting (AAT) - Accounts Payable

Kerrie joined the Accounts Payable team as a Clerical Administrator Apprentice at the end of 2016. She is completing an Accounting (AAT) Level 2 qualification, it is mainly self-study but she is supported by a tutor from the training provider.  Kerrie’s colleagues are also supportive of her studies and help explain things to her. She is involved in processing invoices, expense claims and dealing with email queries received from staff, students and University suppliers. Outside work, Kerrie enjoys going to the cinema and socialising with her friends.

“ I think a modern apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity and a stable way to continue with studying whilst earning money and gaining experience. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at the University as it has opened up lots of opportunities for me”.  

Kerrie has now complete her Level 2 AAT and is now working as a Finance Assistant in Accounts Payable.