Fiona Harper, Director of QUICK FACTS

Employment and Skills at SELECT, and also The Secretary of the SJIB, said: “Apprentices are the future of the industry and we hope this video will help to encourage many more people to consider an electrical apprenticeship as a rewarding career option.” Anne Galbraith, CEO of

Quinnergy Group

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SECTT, added: “We also want to use it as an example of how Scotland’s businesses continue to back talent and support apprenticeships, despite the challenges facing us all in the current climate.” Scottish Apprenticeship

Week this year ran from March 1 to 5, and focused on how employers and learning providers have embraced innovation to help apprentices learn, achieve and progress. Anne said: “As an indication

The video also features an interview with Caitlin, a first-year apprentice at Quinnergy, who reveals her reasons for choosing an electrical career. The 21-year-old trainee says:

“I wanted to become a qualified electrician because my grandfather was an electrician and my dad was in the building trade, so I’ve always had that background. “Most girls say things like ‘It’s a

man’s job’ or that you couldn’t do it, so I just wanted to stand out – and go ahead and do it. “Apprenticeships are the way forward and the future for people leaving school. I’m learning things every day and a trade is the best bet for me.”

Caitlin also talks about the help, advice and guidance she receives from both her Quinnergy colleagues and training officer at the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), who encourage her to push boundaries and provide positive feedback. Now available to view on SELECT’s

YouTube channel, the video was produced in partnership with the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), SECTT and Unite the Union.

“I’m learning things every day and a trade is the best bet for me”

of the success in attracting enthusiastic and energetic young people to the future of the sector, more than 500 electrical apprentices have been recruited over the year of COVID-19, a number of whom are female.” Fiona added: “Diversity is a key dynamic for powering the future and, for the increasing numbers of young women who are signing up to the profession, comprehensive and tailored training can open many doors and create a rewarding career.”

Craig Gallagher shares his

experiences of

apprenticeships in the film

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