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Welcome to The Apprentice Blog, put together by apprentices within Aberdeenshire Council to share our stories and experiences with you.

My name is Shantelle, I am a Modern Apprentice within HR and I am passionate about spreading the awareness of apprenticeships, as well as other opportunities for young people.

I hope you enjoy reading it!
Shantelle


I left school aged sixteen with one higher and a handful of National 5s. At this point, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was working part time at a local bakery when I found the advert for a Modern Apprenticeship in the Resourcing Team at Aberdeenshire Council. It seemed like a good opportunity to develop my skills and gain a qualification all while getting paid. I applied and within a month I had started in the role.

Since joining Aberdeenshire Council my confidence, both professionally and personally, has grown immensely. I spent my first year working towards an SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration and have gone into my second year working towards a Diploma (SVQ Level 4) in Digital Marketing.

I will be writing this blog with insights from other apprentices, the latest job opportunities and much more. Keep visiting for updates, I will post to Facebook each time I blog.


December 2018

A story from…

 

Ross McCalman, Relief Swimming Instructor. He tells us a bit about his job role below…

“My job involves planning and delivering swimming lessons under the Council’s Learn to Swim programme. I am still a pupil at Ellon Academy, and the relief post enables me to continue my studies which gaining valuable work experience and earn some money.

I first became aware of the post at a recruitment event for the New Ellon Academy Community Campus. I applied and was interviewed same day at the event. When I joined I was enrolled on a UKSS Level 1 Teaching Aquatics course which enabled me to gain teaching experience and an understanding of the Learn to Swim programme.

I enjoy being able to teach others the valuable skills of swimming and find it very rewarding to see them progress and improve.”

 


The Apprentice Forum

 

Aberdeenshire Council’s Apprentice Forum met on Tuesday 27th November 2018 for the quarterly meeting. The forum aims to bring apprentices from across the Council together to meet one another, share experiences and learn from each other. Organised and led by Shantelle Birdi, Modern Apprentice in HR, the forum was attended by twenty-two apprentices.

Jim Savege, Chief Executive, welcomed the group into their new roles and discussed how apprentices can help shape the future of Aberdeenshire Council. Clare Taylor-Brown, from CLD, came along to speak about the Year of the Young People and Youth Voices. Shantelle shared her experience as an apprentice with the room and facilitated a table discussion to encourage the group to get to know each other and learn about their roles and teams they work in.

Apprentices from all around the Shire attended the forum including the first cohort of Early Years Modern Apprentices. Also to come along were Property and ICT’S Graduate Level Apprentices as well as Modern Apprentices in Admin, Leisure, Libraries and Landscape.


Job Opportunities 

All our jobs are advertised on MyJobScotland so make sure to turn on job alerts to receive emails of any vacancies you may be interested in!

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Leisure Assistant 
Ref no: ABS16626
Closes: Sunday 13th January 2019
Location: Portlethen Swimming Pool

Deliver the safe operation of recreational facilities, including swimming pools within a defined geographical area, by assisting the Duty Officer in the development and improvement of all service areas and providing a high standard of customer relations. Studying for your SVQ is completed and assessed as you work, there is no day release to college or exams required.

For more information about this job click here.

 

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The end of the year is upon us and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading about all of our apprentices throughout 2018. 

January will be a busy month for us and we hope you are looking forward to seeing all the exciting new content we have in store for you. We are kicking the year off with our #NewYearNewJob social media campaign, where we will be posting one of our vacancies each day of the week from Monday 7th January. Keep an eye on all our social media channels, the job you are looking for might be coming your way! Links to all our socials can be found in the footer of this webpage.

Everyone here at Aberdeenshire Council hopes that you enjoy the festivities and would like to wish you all the best for the New Year


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November 2018

Since launching The Apprentice Blog back in August we have had over 500 views! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read our stories and experiences about what it is like to work at Aberdeenshire Council as an Apprentice. There is lots more exciting content coming in the next few months.

Remember if there is anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know by using the Survey Monkey Questionnaire.

Thank you so much for the continued support!
Shantelle 😊


A story from…

Daniel, HR Assistant. He started with Aberdeenshire Council as a Modern Apprentice and was nominated for Apprentice of the Year 2015. He has told me about how he started his career with Aberdeenshire Council.

“I left school without securing the grades I had hoped for. However, I jumped straight into work and had a few different jobs before a Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration came up at Aberdeenshire Council. Knowing that a career in HR is something I wanted to do, I applied for the apprenticeship and was successful. After achieving an SVQ2 in this role, I remained in my team as a Travel & Benefits Assistant before recently joining the HR Transactional Team as a HR Assistant.

I like the level of variety in my workload and the challenges I face every day. I feel I’m always learning and making strides in my own self-improvement through my employment with Aberdeenshire Council. I would definitely encourage anyone who is looking for the first step in their career to consider an apprenticeship here as it has shaped me as a professional and pushed me in the right direction of where I want to be.

Although my career journey hasn’t always been easy, I am happy with where I am now and look forward to continuing to progress.

I believe that with hard work and perseverance you can get wherever you want to be.


NUS Apprentice Card

I am glad to announce that all of Aberdeenshire Council’s Apprentices can now purchase their own NUS Extra Apprentice card. The card gives you access to both online and in-store discounts, with over 140 UK discounts available on travel, food, fashion and much more.

If you are one of our apprentices you can sign up for your card here.

 


That’s it for November, thank you for reading this months blog. I will be back at the start of December for our Christmas edition!

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October 2018

Emma Sanders…

…started working for Aberdeenshire Council as a Business & Administration Modern Apprentice, I spoke to her during her apprenticeship to get an idea about what kind of things she does in her role, have a listen below! Emma has now moved on to be an HR Assistant within our Transactional Team.

 


Apprenticeships: What to Expect in ICT

Does a career in ICT sound good to you? We deliver apprenticeships that give you experience in dealing directly with customers and working as part of a team all while getting an SVQ Level 3 qualification in IT Professional.

Is this something you’re interested in but aren’t sure where to start? Click here to read more about what it takes to become a Modern Apprentice in ICT.

 

Have a look at our Apprenticeships Page to find out more information about all of our apprenticeships.


A story from…

Thomas, Supported Living Care Assistant and former Apprentice of the Year winner, listen to how he got into the role he is in now…

“My job involves supporting people to live independently, assisting people with day to day activities and undertaking personal care tasks.

I started my career in Aberdeenshire Council as a Modern Apprentice in Home Care. I completed this over a period of 1 year. When I joined I completed all the mandatory training which includes people handling, personal care, first aid, food hygiene, dementia training, medicine management. Throughout my apprenticeship, I gained an SVQ Level 2 in Social Care.

I enjoy working closely with service users helping them achieve their goals and dreams. Assisting people to visit new places and do new things, as well as looking for new and fresh ideas to improve the service I provide.”

 


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September 2018

A story from…

Jordan, ICT Support Analyst. Hear about his career so far… 

“While in school I did work experience in ICT with a company called G5 Technologies. I really enjoyed this and from there I decided that I would like a career in this field. I left school at the end of my 5th year and applied for a Modern Apprenticeship within ICT at Aberdeenshire Council. While doing this I gained an SVQ in Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals. 

After my year-long Apprenticeship, I then applied for the role I am in now. I work within one of Aberdeenshire’s secondary schools and my day-to-day job involves dealing directly with our customers to resolve their ICT related issues such as computer hardware problems, software installation and telephony. Throughout my position as ICT Support Analyst, I have completed an MTA in Operation Systems essentials and an ITIL Foundation. 

I enjoy my job very much and I find resolving an issue independently very rewarding. I like finding innovative solutions and fixes for a customer.   

Throughout my time with Aberdeenshire Council, I think I have gained a lot of valuable experience in working as part of a team and in an office environment as well as in a customer facing role. My job has given me valuable communication and interview techniques and skills which I can utilise in all aspects of my life.”


 

Apprenticeships: What to Expect in Leisure

Ever thought about working in Leisure but not sure where to start? An apprenticeship in one of our 15 leisure facilities is an excellent way to begin your career.  Click here to read more about what a day in the life of a Leisure Apprentice includes. 

Have a look at our Apprenticeships Page to find out more information about all of our apprenticeships.

 


August 2018

A story from…

Chloe, our Apprentice of the Year 2017. Have a read of her journey so far…

“Before my apprenticeship, I was already working for Aberdeenshire Council in a different field. I picked a Modern Apprenticeship in Home Care as I had always had an interest in Social Work and caring for people so it would be a good way for me to get into that field. I initially wanted to go back to university but decided to do my apprenticeship first to see where it would take me.

From the moment I started, it was very obvious how much support was available, I could set my own pace and was told that I wouldn’t have to undertake personal care for anyone by myself until I was ready. As soon as I started I knew I loved it and wanted to do as much possible. I was put through all the same training as all my colleagues which meant I was able to push myself to achieve my personal goals.

Throughout my Modern Apprenticeship, I gained an SVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care. A couple of days after starting in my role I had a meeting with my advisor where she explained the timeframe and what was expected of me in order to complete my SVQ. The timescale was more than manageable and someone was always on hand to answer any questions I had.

I really enjoy my job because I am doing what I always wanted to do. As I am now on a supervisory level it means I have a diverse workload and no two days are ever the same. I also like that the council is very focused on employee improvement, this means that lots of training is offered and different opportunities come up all the time.

I am glad I chose to do my apprenticeship as I wouldn’t have got the job I am in if I didn’t gain my SVQ qualification.”


Year of Young People 2018

Over the coming year, a series of #YOYP2018Signature Events are being co-designed and facilitated by the youth of Aberdeenshire and are open to all young people across Aberdeenshire. Year of Young People is aimed at children and young people aged between 8 and 25 years old.

Have a look here to see what events are going on throughout Aberdeenshire this year.


Lots of you will have received your exam results this week, some of our employees (and our CEO Jim) took part in the #NoWrongPath campaign. Just a reminder that we all take different routes into the world of work.


Apprenticeships: What to expect 

If you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships with Aberdeenshire Council be sure to check out our Apprenticeships page. I am currently updating these pages so keep an eye out for the changes and exciting information to come.


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Thank you so much for taking the time to read
The Apprentice Blog 😊