I moved to Edinburgh from Caithness aged 18 back in 2015 to begin my Apprenticeship in Customer Services: fast-forward 2 years and after working in 6 different teams along the way, I now have a permanent job in the Scottish Parliament’s International Relations Office. Outwith work I spend a lot of my time playing football, running and catching up with family & friends.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at the Scottish Parliament?
After finishing my higher exams in 6th year I was really keen to take a year out from studying and so I fulfilled a lifelong ambition of volunteering in Africa. I spent 3 months as a Football coach and English teacher in Malawi which was an amazing experience in a beautiful country. When I returned I was unsure of my next move and wasn’t particular keen on the idea of University, so when I saw an advert for the Apprenticeship Programme at the Scottish Parliament, I jumped at the chance to apply. Customer Services sounded right up my street and the chance to work in such an important building seemed like a great opportunity.
What do you do in your current role?
I’m currently the Assistant International Relations Officer which involves assisting in the organisation and implementation of visits from VIP delegates from different Parliaments across the World. I provide front-line support on the day to visitors on official visits and I also organise lots of the ‘behind the scenes’ logistics, such as travel and accommodation arrangements for delegates. The role is very fast paced and I enjoy having the opportunity to work closely with MSPs and visiting delegates – visits are always very interesting and informative!
What about the future?
I really enjoy working in the Parliament and it’s been great to see the progress I’ve made over the past 2 years, including achieving the SVQ. On top of continuing to learn and work in my current job there are lots of great projects out with my day to day role that I’ve taken part in, such as the orientation of new MSPs and the yearly Festival of Politics Event, so I’m looking forward to being involved in more of these kinds of events.