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THE APPRENTICE’S VIEW


Macauley Hawthorne is a 20-year-old fi rst year apprentice who currently splits his time between working for DRW and attending Dumfries & Galloway College


I’m half way through the fi rst year of my apprenticeship and I’m really enjoying it so far – there’s plenty of work


to do. Lockdown meant I only got four weeks of college last year so I can’t wait to get back there and get going again. “I spent a year working with the


business fi rst before I started my apprenticeship, which really helped prepare me and let me see what the job was like. It made it much more enjoyable. I’d been at college doing an electrical course before but coming on to the job was a really diff erent experience. “My favourite part of the job is going to


new builds, I really love working on them. You’re always doing something diff erent as well. “I couldn’t ask for a better boss than


David, he’s brilliant with all of us. As it’s a smaller company it’s much more personal – you’re not just a number and you feel like you’re really learning. “T e communication is great and you’re


always just a phone call away from someone. My SECTT training offi cer has been brilliant too, he’s really easy to communicate with. “Looking at the future, I want to fi nish


my apprenticeship and get qualifi ed and one day I’d love to have my own business. “I’d defi nitely recommend an


apprenticeship to anyone else who’s considering one. “I thought it would be good but it’s been


so much better than I expected. It’s so useful to have a trade behind you, especially at the moment – it’s something you’ll always have to fall back on.”


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