STUDENT VOICE Student Voice SPRING SUMMER 2017 - Page 26

New Campus SCOTTISH APPRENTICESHIP WEEK The spotlight was on apprentices in March as they took part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017. six students told us about their apprenticeships. Here’s a recap of what they said. MARTIN FREW - Wallace McDowall Ltd Martin is a Welder and Fabricator Apprentice at Wallace McDowall Ltd. Martin said “I was at college last year doing the Performing Engineering Operations course, which was a good head start in this industry. The course covered a few aspects of engineering and I got to know what I enjoyed most, which turned out to be welding. “After I finished the course, I started applying for jobs that were advertised at the College. This ended up with me becoming a Welder and Fabricator apprentice. 26 “First thing in the morning, the supervisor gives me a job spec and I just get on with it. I enjoy being an apprentice. I like being left to myself to get on with the job. I’m in college one day a week, and the rest of the time I’m working. “Getting hands-on experience is definitely the main benefit of being an apprentice. There’s so many people I work with that can pass on their knowledge or give advice when I need it, so it’s good to have all of that to hand. For me, it’s an easier way to learn.” THE STUDENT VOICE SPRING/SUMMER 2017