FORMER Rothesay Academy pupil Allan MacDonald is now six months into a three-year Modern Apprenticeship placement in Argyll Community Housing Association’s Bute Office.
Allan, 22, is one of three modern apprentices employed by the association in posts in a variety of departments.
This is the Association’s first modern apprenticeship in the housing and neighbourhood services department.
Modern apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 paid employment with on-the-job learning. Office-based modern apprentices also work towards a formal qualification, an excellent way to begin a career within ACHA and the housing sector without having to study full-time.
The placements complement ACHA’s existing traineeship work which involves summer students working for the Association during term-time breaks, a trainee in IT, a graduate trainee and a Housing Officer trainee.
Allan said: “I am enjoying working with ACHA - the Union Street office is a busy, fast paced office and I am learning a lot through on the job training.
“Every day here is different and the experience is helping to improve my communication and people skills.
“I hope to keep expanding those skills and to assist the tenants in Bute as best possible.”
Alastair MacGregor, chief executive of ACHA, said: “Our young people are the future of both ACHA and Argyll and Bute.
“I am absolutely delighted that ACHA’s board of management has decided to invest in developing Modern Apprenticeships. I am delighted that Allan has been able to join us and I really hope his three-year Modern Apprenticeship gives him real opportunities to develop his career and, from ACHA’s perspective, we look forward to benefiting from the enthusiasm and commitment he brings with him.”
The association is also committed to working with the Government’s Future Jobs fund and Get Ready for Work scheme. This will offer placements within the organisation for young people to develop skills over a designated period of time in a working environment.
* Read more about Allan’s experiences and impressions of his first six months in the next issue of The Buteman, on sale on August 4.