Evanton Man Mark is Working, Earning and Learning With a Modern Apprenticeship

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday March 13 2018

Mark Baltazar (pictured) pursued a Modern Apprenticeship so he could work, earn and learn.

His family came from the Philippines in 2005 when his mother came here to work as a nurse.

Mark said:

“Three years ago, I was studying an HND at North Highland College UHI when I saw details of SSE’s Employability Scheme.

“After I completed the scheme, I was encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship and I felt really fortunate when I was successful in becoming an Engineering and Investment apprentice with SSE.”

The apprentice from Evanton said he prefers to learn through work-based learning.

He said:

“I’ve learned so much by doing things hands on and learning from experienced tradesmen.

“My original plan was to do a degree after college, but by doing the apprenticeship I have been able to earn a wage while gaining a qualification.”

Mark completed his four-year apprenticeship a year early.

The 24-year-old said:

“The people I work with have been so supportive of me through my apprenticeship, it has been amazing.”

John Stewart, Director of HR at SSE said:

“Apprenticeship programmes are not just key to a company’s success, but key to the future success of our industry.

“By allowing people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to develop, earn a fair wage and gain work experience apprenticeships are able to equip them with the right tools to enter the workplace and continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Mark said:

“I definitely made the right choice by choosing an apprenticeship.”

Looking ahead at his career, he commented:

“The amount I’ve learned and the experience I’ve gained from my apprenticeship will really benefit my career.”

Last week marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

Employers learned about the benefits of work-based learning from apprentices and businesses through activities and events that took place nationwide.

SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates, said:

“Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce.

“It also shows the success of individuals who have chosen work-based learning through an apprenticeship to get a qualification and develop their careers.

“From Shetland to the Borders, employers across Scotland are seeing the business benefits of taking on apprentices.

“With support from Skills Development Scotland and new types of apprenticeships available this year, there’s never been a better time to get involved in work-based learning.”

Find out more at www.apprenticeships.scot



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