Meet our Modern Apprentices
Hear from some of our Modern Apprentices about their apprenticeships and why they are enjoying working at the University.
2018 Modern Apprentices
Junior Developer - Digital Innovation Team
“The University is a very good employer and has connections with other larger companies which is especially good if you would like to network and learn more about the sector”
Business Administration - Human Resources
At first Lewis found the pattern of full time work difficult, however, he quickly got used to this and even bought a coffee machine for his room with his first months wage, to help with this!
One of Lewis’ highlights so far has been to meet the other Modern Apprentices and meet people from different backgrounds. In his spare time Lewis enjoys playing rugby and going out with his friends.
“The University is a great employer, and the fact that they pay the living wage for school leavers who don’t have any higher Education qualifications or experience is another additional motivation for the Modern Apprentices, like myself to do well.”
Office Administration - Corporate Services Group
“The Apprenticeship Programme has not only given me a job, but it has also given me a sense of self respect as I know that what I am doing is all for my benefit. It has been one of the most enjoyable jobs I have had. Getting started at the University has been a really easy process, my employers have really made me feel comfortable and stress free. It’s one of the best opportunities I have ever had! ”
In his spare time Ryan enjoys going to the gym and playing football. He hopes that after his apprenticeship he will continue working for the University and to further develop his career.
Clerical Administration - Accounts Payable
James is involved in processing invoices, expense claims and dealing with email queries received from staff, students and University suppliers.
“Completing the Career Ready program 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!”
Office Administration - Centre for Regenerative Medicine
“I found the transition from school to work quite a scary thought, however everyone has made me feel so welcome, it’s like working with your friends every day. It’s been the best thing I have ever done.”
Business and Administration - School of Divinity
Elena enjoys keeping fit and doing yoga in her spare time, which she fit-in easily to her weekly working pattern.
“I would say to anyone thinking about doing an apprentice, go for it. You can never regret self-development and preparation for the world of work. For me it has been a really enjoyable experience that I feel so lucky to have.”
Administration Assistant (Finance & HR) - Business School
He plans to take every opportunity that comes his way and has undertaken lots of different tasks and projects. Ross has achieved a lot in his first three months at the University and had a key part to play in the File Digitisation process within the Business School.
In his spare time, Ross loves to play football, which is something he has been able to develop in the Business School. Ross has created a very successful Staff and Student football team, which has helped to promote good relations between staff and students, something the University supports.
“The transition into work has been really easy for me because from a young age I have always wanted to work. If further education isn’t for you then the Modern Apprentice Program is just as successful a route for your career.”
Accountancy - Finance Tax Team
“Starting my Modern Apprenticeship has been a huge achievement for me. After leaving University and working part time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. But I have realised that working in finance is what I want to do and eventually progress to my level 3 AAT.”
Administration Assistant (HR) - Centre for Open Learning
Daniel gets a great deal of job satisfaction, when he sees the process through from early planning to the new employee arriving on their first day.
Daniel really enjoys the hands-on learning style that comes with a Modern Apprenticeship and hopes to continue studying towards CIPD HR qualification once he finishes his apprenticeship.
“I think that the opportunities and the experience the University offers is invaluable. I love the fact you are made to feel like a valued member of staff and getting my foot in the door at the University has been the best thing I have ever done.”
2017 Modern Apprentices
Business Administration - Edinburgh Imaging
“I think the University of Edinburgh is a really good employer, they are also very flexible and fun to work for. My manager is very accommodating and has helped me lots. I have enjoyed meeting and working with lots of different people from radiographers to administrators.”
Animal Applied Science - Central Bio-Research Services (CBS)
“I think a modern apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and a qualification at the same time. I would recommend an apprenticeship at the University as it has lots of opportunities.”
Procurement - Procurement Office
“An apprenticeship at the University has so many opportunities including training and career progression. The University also pays the living wage which makes a real difference to an apprentice. An apprenticeship is not just a job but it is an opportunity to make a career.”
Agricultural – The Roslin Institute
Alyssa is passionate about caring for the health and welfare of animals and has joined the University in 2017 as a Poultry Technician. Alyssa is studying towards an Agricultural qualification through Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) as part of her modern apprenticeship. She is responsible for a variety of different tasks including daily egg collections, cleaning and feeding the animals, administrating vaccinations and setting up breeding colonies.
Outside work Alyssa enjoys looking after and riding her horse. She also takes part in show jumping, dressage and cross-country riding.
"I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at the University and I think it is a great opportunity for anyone who is keen to learn and gain a qualification whilst working at the same time. I am enjoying the hands on experience of carrying out animal husbandry tasks and learning how to handle poultry correctly."
Animal Applied Science - Central Bio-Research Services (CBS)
"The University is a good place to work, it is a big organisation with lots of opportunities and offers apprenticeships in different areas."
Mechanical Engineering - School of Informatics
"I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at the University. I feel very involved and supported in my apprenticeship, when I am learning new skills, I enjoy the way that these are shown and explained to me”.
Accounting (AAT) - Accounts Payable
“ 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”.
IT Systems and Networking - Accommodation, Catering & Events (ACE)
"The University is a good employer to have on my CV. The University also appears to be very diverse. I am part of a fun team and I get on well with them. An apprenticeship is not only experience but it is also a qualification."
Accounting (AAT) – Finance and Planning - College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)
Lewis has enjoyed meeting lots of new and friendly people who have all made him feel very welcome. Lewis is also enjoying having the opportunity to develop his skills, both through experience of new situations and University training courses. Outside work Lewis enjoys socialising with friends, watching football and buying new clothes.
"I think a Modern Apprenticeship is a great alternative to attending University, you will gain valuable workplace experience and have the opportunity to contribute and play an important role in a functioning team and gain a qualification at the same time."
Agricultural – The Roslin Institute
Outside work Jamie enjoys socialising with his friends, going to the cinema and relaxing whenever he can.
“A modern apprenticeship is a great opportunity to really develop your skills and to work with some great teams on unique projects. I love working with animals and the chance to do so at the Roslin Institute is a great experience and too good an opportunity to pass up.”
Customer Service - Centre for Research Collections
One of Caspian's highlights, so far was when "a person from Aberdeen University visited the Centre for Research Collections who was researching an individual. I helped her locate the records she was looking for. I did a bit of extra research and found out the individual had a son who she did not know about. The woman was very excited. I found this very rewarding."
Digital Marketing - Edinburgh Imaging
Business and Administration - Edinburgh Law School
Spencer was interested in business management and thought a Modern Apprenticeship was a good opportunity to see what working in an office environment would be like. He joined Edinburgh Law School in 2017 as the Business and Administration Modern Apprentice. Spencer's apprenticeship involves working in different teams - Finance, HR, Events, Postgraduate Office and Online Learning. Coupled with completing various units set by the training provider. He has enjoyed meeting new people and everyone has been very friendly. Outside work he likes to play football with his friends and is a member at his local golf club.
“A modern apprenticeship is a good opportunity to gain experience including on the job training alongside gaining an industry recognised qualification”
Creative and Digital Marketing - MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine (IGMM)
"A modern apprenticeship is a good stepping-stone into the industry, particularly an industry that is hard to get into without experience."