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An Interview with a Modern Apprentice

Modern Apprentice Cameron Shaw was kind enough to take time out of his day to answer my many questions I had about him, and his experiences as an apprentice at East Lothian Works. Modern Apprenticeships give those no longer in school the opportunity to earn a wage while also getting an industry-recognised qualification, and invaluable work experience. If you’d like to learn more, check out Skills Development Scotland’s page on Modern Apprenticeships here.

What is your current job role and where do you work?
I am a Modern Apprentice in Business Admin at East Lothian Works; East Lothian Council’s employability hub.

What Modern Apprenticeship did you undertake?
I did the Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

What made you decide to do a Modern Apprenticeship
I wasn’t interested in taking part in further education, and I wanted to get into the world of work. I thought that doing a Modern Apprenticeship would be a good opportunity to do this.

How are you finding the experience?
It’s great – I’m really enjoying it!

What benefits have you found to being a Modern Apprentice?
I like that I can learn while earning money at the same time. I’m also gaining experience which can be valuable in the future.

Are there any disadvantages to doing a Modern Apprenticeship?
I can’t think of any!

What did you do before this?
I was at high school before taking part in the Modern Apprenticeship.

Do you know what you want to do once your Apprenticeship is finished?
I would really like to get  a full-time contract with East Lothian Council to continue doing this line of work.

Do you have anything you would like to say to those continuing undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship?
Definitely go for it! It gets you straight into employment and the work environment.

I would like to take this time to thank Cameron for answering my questions, as I know his schedule is quite busy. It is greatly appreciated!

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