Building competency for the future: showcasing the importance of learning while you work during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

1 March, 2021 by Add Energy

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is a time to share the value apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy. The theme for 2021is Business Backing Talent, showcasing the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships.

At Add Energy we have found that supporting apprentices through their studies has brought a wealth of benefits to both our team of apprentices and our company, from upskilling our people through formal learning and development opportunities to improving the productivity of our business functions and thus the quality of our services to our clients.

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, our team of Add Energy apprentices have shared their experiences as well as the benefits of learning while you work.

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Lewis Esslemont is a Project Administrator at Add Energy currently working on a Digital Application Support.

 

 

 

 

What do you think has been the most valuable takeaway from your apprenticeship?

I have gained a qualification whilst working and this has given me confidence to do this more in the future as well as implement my skills developed during the apprenticeship in the workplace.

What do you believe are the most valuable skills you have developed so far through your apprenticeship?

I have improved my abilities in variety of skills such as having an eye for detail, written communication, and organizational skills.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an apprentice?  

There is no such thing as a stupid question. I have been taught it is much more efficient and effective to your development and the company if you are able to speak up and ask questions than do a job to a subquality level.

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Rianne Gorman is a Document Controller at Add Energy and has previously completed a Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6 Diploma) in Digital Application Support (Jan 2019). Rianne is now working on a Graduate Apprenticeship in BA Business Management (Hons) with the aim to graduate in 2024.

 

 

What do you think has been the most valuable takeaway from your apprenticeship?

Starting out as an Apprentice has allowed me to kick-start my career and discover what I really want to do. Add Energy has given me the opportunity to explore areas of interest to determine where my skills are best suited. As a result, I have a 5-year plan in place, and I am currently studying for my Degree in Business Management with RGU. 

What do you believe are the most valuable skills you have developed so far through your apprenticeship?

I’ve learned how to adapt my communication skills, to enable me to work with colleagues of all levels, ages and experience – something that is essential for my role. In addition, I’ve learned how important it is to manage your time and prioritize workload – it’s about understanding your available capacity and being able to be assertive and say no to other projects in order to focus on the task at hand, being accountable and following through to the very end.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an apprentice? 

Remember to take a step back once in a while, take it all in and reflect on how far you have come. You’re not expected to be at the top of your game 100% of the time, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself and believe that you can do it, because you are more than capable.

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Jemma Watt is an Operations Administrator at Add Energy and is currently working on her Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Applications Support. 

 

 

What do you think has been the most valuable takeaway from your apprenticeship?

It has allowed me the opportunity to learn and develop myself whilst in a working environment. It was hugely beneficial having a mentor to support and guide me throughout my apprenticeship whilst also ensuring I had the correct level of exposure within the company for me to develop my role and skill set. The apprenticeship role within Operations Support is varied and changes daily. This has enabled me to gain an insight into wider Operations by being involved in global projects and has encouraged me to research the next step into a Graduate Apprenticeship with RGU. 

What do you believe are the most valuable skills you have developed so far through your apprenticeship?

I have become significantly more confident within myself and my abilities this has been a result of becoming a super user for the Operations cloud based software system and continually developing my skills with Microsoft packages. Previously I lacked confidence in my wider communication skills however since the completion of the Apprenticeship I am now leading training sessions for the software package with my global colleagues.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an apprentice? 

No question is a silly question.

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Brandon Allan is an apprentice engineer at Add Energy and is currently studying a Modern Apprenticeship HND in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

 

 

What do you think has been the most valuable takeaway from your apprenticeship?

The main values of my role that I respect most would have to be the confidence and respect given to me by Senior figures of the company.

What do you believe are the most valuable skills you have developed so far through your apprenticeship?

So far, I have learned how to communicate efficiently with key business stakeholders, as well as being able to prioritize deadlines and successfully meet them.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an apprentice? 

As an apprentice the best piece of advice I have been given is to seek feedback from as many stakeholders as possible to unlock development opportunities.

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Conor McGowan is an apprentice engineer at Add Energy and is currently studying a Modern Apprenticeship HND in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

 

 

What do you think has been the most valuable takeaway from your apprenticeship?

It has helped to be working at the same time as doing my course as there are lots of people who are very knowledgeable around me and always happy to help or provide advice.

What do you believe are the most valuable skills you have developed so far through your apprenticeship?

Being part of live real-life projects has meant that I have been able to significantly enhance and develop skills and knowledge in inventory management and effectively communicate with clients when required.

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