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Modern Apprenticeships

Work, learn, train and earn! Make YOUR mark with a Modern Apprenticeship at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Make your mark

If you are aged between 16 - 19 years a Modern Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification (SVQ), gain invaluable work experience, undertake industry recognised training and earn a wage whilst you do so.

Our enhanced Modern Apprenticeship programme is based on 'real jobs', allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge and start building your career.

At the Council, are committed to providing opportunities for our young people and the programme to date has seen us invest in 170 apprentices. Previous opportunities include Nursery Nurse, Roads Operative, Leisure Attendant, Graphic Designer and many more...

What are Modern Apprenticeships?

Individuals can develop both their vocational and personal skills in a working environment through a modern apprenticeships, whilst ensuring that they reach a common standard of skills and knowledge that is recognisable to the industry as being a sound basis upon which a career can be developed.

Candidates will work towards a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining invaluable work experience. Depending on the job they are training to do, some candidates will go to college on day release and others will undertake industry recognised training.

Modern Apprentice testimonials

Gemma Waugh's story

Gemma is an Improvement Development Officer Modern Apprentice. Gemma has been working for the councils since August 2013.

Gemma Said, "My job requires me to support and assist members of the Business Improvement Team who lead change and improvement activity within the Chief Executive Service and council wide. I support the team in change and improvement projects and programmes through facilitation and research. Facilitation is often at workshops and staff engagement days. I support the preparation of events such as sending invites, producing facilitation notes and setting up for events before facilitating on the day. After events I prepare the output packs and any follow-up work to be carried out. Research work can include anything from looking into reports published by Audit Scotland to researching other local authorities and organisations."

"At the moment, I am carrying out an SVQ level 3 in Business and Administration. As part of the Modern Apprenticeship programme there is core training which you must carry out. There are also chances to undertake many of the other training courses the council provides and wherever possible I take up these opportunities."

"The programme has been enjoyable so far and working as part of the Business Improvement Team has been an interesting and has allowed me to gain a whole range of skills and experience. It is good to see the improvements the team has implemented and are putting in place to improve Dumfries and Galloway Council. Colleagues from both within the Business Improvement Team and other areas of the organisation have been very welcoming and provided great support."

Finlay Brown's story

Finlay is a Modern Apprentice working within the Graphic design unit. Finlay has been working with the council since August 2013.

Finlay Said, " In my position I do a wide range of design for all areas of the Council such as sport and leisure, social work and museums and galleries. This varies from designing posters and flyers to large roll ups or banners. I am currently in the process of studying for my Level 3 SVQ, which will be a really good qualification to have in the future, and not just for helping me with graphic design. I have a place at Dumfries and Galloway College to study HNC Visual Communications Course that starts in September 2014."

"I think the modern apprentice programme is a really good way to give young people an experience of what it is like to work in a busy office, but also to give them the support through going from school or college and into a working environment."

Andrew Gillespie's story

Andrew is a Modern Apprentice working within the Business and Technology solutions department. Andrew has been working with the council since November 2012.

Andrew said, "I applied for a modern apprenticeship with Dumfries and Galloway Council because I felt it would be a good opportunity to gain experience and a qualification in a job I would enjoy doing. It was also more appealing as the council had now extended the range of departments you could work in. My job has many roles within it and these include supporting users with technical faults, replacing machines, diagnosing and fixing faults and maintenance on machines."

"The VQ I did within my modern apprenticeship was SVQ Level 3 Business and administration. I am also currently doing my HNC in computing and going to progress on for a further year to do my HND in technical support to qualify me further for the job. My experience of the MA programme has been a really good one, I have gained so much experience and confidence within the department and I have been supported from both the department and our MA team in corporate development. It has been a very worthwhile programme for me"

Gavin Maxwell's story

Gavin is a Modern Apprentice within health and safety. Gavin has been working with the council since November 2012.

Gavin said, "In my job role I provide support to the Corporate Health and Safety Advisers who provide competent professional advice, support and assistance to Chief Officers and Services of the Council as directed by the Service Manager - Corporate Health and Safety in order to assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Council's Health and Safety policies and procedures. I also monitor Accidents and Incidents and produce monthly/yearly statistics and reports which are reported to various senior management meetings and to trade unions."

"As part of my Modern Apprenticeship I have completed my SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration and I am currently studying to complete the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health in the hope to one day study for the Diploma level which will qualify me to become a competent health and safety adviser within the council."

"The programme has been fun, educational and maturing. Some of the training I have undertaken have been challenging but I have had plenty support with any issues I have come across. I have still got 18 months to develop my skills so hopefully I will be in a better position to get a relevant health and safety job. When I have completed my apprenticeship I hope to be able to gain full time employment and to be in a good position to have clear career progression route to develop."

Jamie McClelland's story

Jamie is a Modern Apprentice HR Assistant (E-Learning). Jamie has been working with the council since December 2013.

Jamie said, "At the moment because the E-Learning development is still in the early stages I am involved in lots of different tasks each day like setting up rooms for training events or meetings, dealing with hospitality, booking people onto training events, providing good customer service to our visitors, responding to e-mail enquiries and answering the phone. Some tasks have to be done regularly which is really good because you get in to a good routine. There are many more tasks that I do and I have learned to welcome new challenges as part of my apprenticeship as all new skills that I learn will help me in the future."

"My experience of my MA so far has actually been amazing. If it was bad I would say so, the only bad point I have encountered is some of the meetings I have had to attend which I didn't really understand what they were about but now I am more involved in the work and I have started to take notes of the meetings I feel more involved and focused. I have also met lots of new people through the training centre and enjoy the customer service side of things."

"At the moment I am focussing on my VQ and enjoying the experience. I now have more confidence in the workplace, I have learned new skills, learned how to solve problems, gained new experiences, friendships AND.... a wage, although this isn't the best in the world if you're not living with parents!! I do hope that by the end of my apprenticeship I will have gained a good qualification and relevant experience to enable me to get a full time job hopefully in this department as am getting used to my line of work but if not, in another part of the council."

Rab Smith's story

Rab is a Modern Apprentice Countryside Ranger. Rab has been working for the council since November 2012.

Rab said, "My day to day work varies greatly from working with school groups doing forest classrooms and other activities but I also do path maintenance work which takes me all over the region working on maintaining the core path network. I am responsible for maintaining Nithsdale this year so will have a very busy summer."

"I have completed my VQ in Business Administration and I found the work itself reasonably easy going but making it fit to my job took a little bit of imagination to do so. I am currently studying HNC Countryside Management distance learning and this is done through SRUC and involves attending 3 study weekends a year in Aberdeen. "

"My overall experience as a modern apprentice has been very positive, it has opened my eyes to lots of new things and has given me the chance to take part in lots of things I didn't see myself doing but has also put me in good standing to gain future employment as a ranger in the future thanks to the experience qualifications and training I have received. I hope at the end of my 3 years to either find employment as a ranger or to get a degree or to travel as yet I am not sure."

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