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Our Modern Apprentices

We are proud to have 4 modern apprentices working with the National Park Authority at the moment. Dylan McInnes, who has been a modern apprentice with us until this month for 2 years, has now successfully secured an HR Support Assistant role in our office and is loving it. He is sharing his experience with us below and tells us why he would encourage others to embark on a modern apprenticeship.

When did you join the National Park Authority?

I have joined the Park Authority in August 2016.

What was your original role?

Originally I was a business administration modern apprentice. In my 2 years with the National Park I have worked in the HR, Finance and Planning teams.

Why did you apply to become a Modern Apprentice?

Personally, I preferred delving straight into the work flow without going through college/university. This was an amazing learning opportunity, while also gaining precious work experience.

What skills and experience do you feel your modern apprenticeship gave you?

I have learned how to effectively communicate with people and also developed organisation and timekeeping skills, as well as trying out new technologies and software.

Dylan McInnes

What was your favourite thing about being a modern apprentice at the National Park Authority?

I love how much I have learned during my time here and the insight into the (geographical) area of the National Park. I also enjoyed working with different teams and seeing how different parts of the organisation work.

How has your modern apprenticeship helped you along in your career path?

I have always been interested in administration work and working with computers and over the last 2 years I have done lots of that and gained a great amount of experience, as well as lots of confidence. I feel I have broadened my horizon and now I have options available in the future for my career.

What is the one tip or piece of advice you would give to anyone else considering applying for a modern apprenticeship?

I think it’s important to do what you love and if you want to develop this further, consider an apprenticeship to achieve that. If this is something you really enjoy, I’m sure you’ll have as much fun as I’ve had!

Read more about modern apprenticeships on the Skills Development Scotland page and in their latest quarterly statistic report for April – June 2018, published on 14th September.

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