Scotland’s top apprentice back in the classroom

Scotland's top apprentice, Laura Burrdin, from Carnoustie.
Scotland's top apprentice, Laura Burrdin, from Carnoustie.

Scotland’s top apprentice, Laura Burdin, returned to her former school this week to help inspire pupils to be apprentices of the future.

Former Carnoustie High pupil, Laura Burdin, went back to the classroom as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. The visit was part of a series of visits across schools in Angus organised by the council’s Business Angus team.

The 21-year-old hotel meetings and events co-ordinator was recently announced as Scotland’s Modern Apprentice of the Year.

Speaking after the visit to her former school, Laura said: “It was great to speak to pupils and to help encourage more young people to consider the Modern Apprenticeship career path. I feel the apprenticeship qualifications open doors for you and help you progress in your career, whatever sector that might be in.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities that my apprenticeship training has given me and the support I have had from my employers. I would encourage anyone to consider it because it can be done to suit each person and how they learn. It has been amazing for me.”

Economic development convener Councillor Mairi Evans added: “Being a Modern Apprentice is a fantastic way to kick start your career and Laura has a great future in front of her. From day one Modern Apprentices have a real job, with a real employer that earns real pay. It’s a fantastic scheme that gives young people skills and hands-on experience that employer’s value and will work towards an industry-recognised qualification.”

Children and Learning convener Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “An enthusiastic and well trained workforce is vital for the future economic success of Angus. As part of our ambition to raise attainment for our young people, our schools work closely with local businesses to offer work placement and apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our young people to hear first-hand about the benefits of Modern Apprenticeships.

Skills Development Scotland Depute Director of National Training Programmes, Katie Hutton, said: “Laura is a fantastic example of where a Modern Apprenticeship can take you.

“More and more young people are choosing to get a job, get paid and get qualified through Modern Apprenticeships.”

Laura completed her Modern Apprenticeship at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa, but now works at Doubletree by Hilton in Dundee.

Earlier in the day Laura spoke about her Modern Apprenticeship experience to more than 100 business and industry leaders at the SCDI Skills Summit in Dundee, which kicked off Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The Angus Council Business Angus team have worked with over 2000 young people to help them gain qualifications, work experience and for the majority, full time employment through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme. This has been either within Angus Council or with local employers and this partnership approach through the support of local employers, as well as departments within the council, has enabled the programme to achieve the success that it has.

Local employers have been invited to speak about the type of skills they are looking for when they recruit young people into their organisations, to give an employer’s perspective as well as provide as wide a range of information for pupils as possible. Current and past Modern Apprentices will join the team to explain first hand their reasons for choosing the route of an apprenticeship rather than further or higher education or indeed staying on at school.

To celebrate Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week 2016, Angus Council’s Business Angus team will be visiting all eight Angus secondary schools to talk about the wide variety of Modern Apprenticeships and the range of occupational areas available.

If you are a business in Angus interested in finding out more about the Modern Apprenticeship programme contact Christina Dakers