Statistician counts on Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Student Statistics Co-ordinator at City of Glasgow College, Paul Macluskey, is developing his role thanks to funding from the Scottish apprenticeship scheme.

While most people see apprenticeships as a route for young people to gain a qualification and work experience whilst being paid, the scheme also supports the development of existing staff within a workforce.   

Paul has been working at the college for 14 years, having initially started in student finance before moving into statistics with the student data and research team.

The 36 year old is now working towards an SVQ Management qualification whilst continuing to work for the college as the Student Statistics Coordinator.

“I was really pleased to learn that, as a Modern Apprentice, I am able to work towards this qualification whilst continuing with my job at the college. It was an opportunity I seized with both hands” explained Paul.

“Some people think that apprenticeships are only for people leaving school but this is ideal for me at this stage of my professional development. I enjoy the flexibility it offers and it has given me the chance to develop and enhance my skills.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and am looking forward to gaining my SVQ, and to using my new skills. I feel this is preparing me well for the rest of my career.”

Julie Olekah, Student Records Manager at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Paul is a valued member of our team so we are delighted that he has been able to take advantage of this particular apprenticeship in order gain a management qualification. It will both broaden his experience and knowledge, since starting this qualification, he has already been successful in obtaining a promoted secondment opportunity which along with this qualification will allow him to develop further.”

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 runs from 2-6 March. More information on apprenticeships at City of Glasgow College is available here.