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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2024 | Skills Generation Q&A with Aidan Clark

Posted: March 6, 2024

This week is Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2024, a campaign shining a spotlight on the benefits that work-based learning brings to people, employers and the economy.

Apprenticeships create the skills every generation needs, and every employer wants. This year’s theme of Skills Generation demonstrates that apprenticeships give people high-quality opportunities, whilst supporting them to achieve their full potential.

To mark the week, we have spoken to five of our current apprentices to hear their views on apprenticeships, skill development and more.

In today’s Q&A post, we hear from Aidan Clark, Business Admin Apprentice, as he reflects on his apprenticeship and tells us what skills he’s developing.

  1. What’s your name and what apprenticeship are you undertaking?

My name is Aidan Clark, and I am a Business Admin apprentice for Hillcrest’s Energy Advice Team (HEAT) and Tenancy Sustainment Services (TSS).

  1. What are your interests/hobbies?

When I’m not working, I enjoy playing games, painting and building miniatures, reading and talking to my friends.

  1. What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

The thing I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is that I can work towards a qualification while gaining work experience.

  1. What skills are you developing?

I am developing my confidence in my abilities and meeting new people, as well as gaining experience in how to work in an office.

  1. What advice would you give to someone looking to start an apprenticeship?

The advice I would give to someone looking to start an apprenticeship is don’t be afraid to ask questions and be willing to learn.

  1. What are the main benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

The main benefit of doing an apprenticeship is the ability to gain experience while being paid.

  1. What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future, I hope to become the UN general secretary.

  1. How has Hillcrest supported you during your apprenticeship? 

Hillcrest has supported me in various ways. I have a mentor who I can go to with any concerns, and there are meetings for young people where we are given the opportunity to talk about what is happening at Hillcrest.


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