Serving an Apprenticeship at Scotland’s Super College

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week returns for 2019, City of Glasgow College celebrates the achievements of its Modern Apprentices.

Demi Inglis is one of six Modern Apprentices specialising in Business and Administration at the college.

For the 17 year old from Duntocher, becoming an apprentice was her number one option.

“I didn’t want to go to college or university. I was keen to get experience working but also gain qualifications. As I was already doing an administration course in my fifth year at school it made sense to continue and develop that role,” said Demi.

Demi’s apprenticeship consists of on the job training and assessment. While working full-time she must complete a total of eight units each of which cover core skills and competencies. The former Clydebank High pupil is looking forward to her final assessment that will see her gain a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 5.

Going straight from school into the world of work was quite a culture change, as Demi explains:

“I really didn’t know what to expect. One of the first things I learned was to be at my desk by 9.00am! Also, I’m expected to see tasks through to completion. So at school, for example, you might be asked to draft a presentation, full stop. At work, however, you are given the job of writing the presentation, but then you also present it. There is far more expectation, which is great, and also the chance to use my own initiative which helps to build my confidence.”

Stuart McDowall, Project Manager – International Programmes, is Demi’s line manager at City of Glasgow College, and her mentor. He said:

“Demi settled into the role very quickly and is a valued member of our team. I was impressed by her level of maturity and her approach to work. We work in very fast-paced environment, across a diverse range of projects which means Demi is being exposed to new challenges all the time. Her attitude towards learning new skills, some of which involve working on large international projects, means Demi is developing valuable skills which will help her now and in the future. 

“Having an apprentice as part of our team has really supported our growth as we aim to further internationalise our college.”

The apprenticeship is also meeting Demi’s expectations:

“Working at the college and within Corporate Development is really good. Everyone is very friendly, I enjoy working with the different teams and I love the variety of work. My favourite are the Erasmus projects because I like meeting international delegates who have such different cultures,” she said.

Demi started her apprenticeship in June 2018 but thanks to the overall success of the Modern Apprenticeship scheme, they have all been extended for a further year and will progress to SCQF Level 6.

“I’m really pleased,” said Demi. “I am learning so much and am much more focused than I was. Next year I’m going to specialise in international partnerships and in fact later this month I’m going to Spain, the Basque country, for an Erasmus project, which is really exciting.”

Is a Modern Apprenticeship to be recommended?

“Definitely 100%, replies Demi. “You get valuable work experience and the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice. You also gain qualifications and earn money. I enjoy working at the college, and doing business and administration, and I want to stay on here. It’s a cliché but, everyone is so nice and I don’t want to leave after learning so much.”

To find out more about the range of Modern Apprenticeship programmes available at the college, please visit our website.