Tom's Story


When I was at school teachers considered me an academic learner, although all the subjects I excelled at were subjects that had a practical element to them. Following school, I went on to study a degree in Politics and Journalism and quickly realised that the learning style wasn’t for me. It was more reading, and a lot less doing. So, the opportunity to work and learn at the same time was something I couldn’t pass up so found myself applying for a Modern Apprenticeship here at the Scottish Parliament.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at the Scottish Parliament?

I’ve always wanted to work in the Parliament. It’s such an exciting place, with lots going on all the time, and so I saw the Modern Apprenticeship as the ideal opportunity to achieve that dream while learning and developing my skills.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

The Parliament is very open to new ideas and lots of people have been keen to hear what I have to say about certain things from a young person’s perspective. Recently, I and another Modern Apprentice, presented to the Digital Champions (a Scottish Government programme) on behalf of Young Scot and the Scottish Parliament. This, and numerous other experiences, taught me valuable skills for my career.

Do you have any future aspirations?

In the future I would like to continue to develop my skills, gain a couple more qualifications and eventually be in a Managerial role in order to help shape the work of the Parliament for the future.

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