It’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week! This week, we will be sharing the stories of young apprentices working throughout Scotland to celebrate the opportunities available to young people, and the young people who shine in these positions!
Jodie is 16 years old and lives in Stevenston, North Ayrshire. She’s a pupil at Auchenharvie Academy, and is studying towards a Foundation Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. Foundation Apprenticeships are open to pupils in S5 and S6, and see them undertake college-style learning and a work placement as one of their school subject choices. They typically take two years to complete and you get a qualification similar to a Higher. Jodie is doing her FA through Ayrshire College, and she’ll go on placement next year. Jodie was inspired to get into engineering thanks to her experience in the Sea Cadets.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Chelsea Cameron who’s 18 and from Dundee inspires me. She won the Young Hero award for her blog that went viral about her drug-addicted parents. She wrote a heart-breaking open letter to her parents because they weren’t there to celebrate her achievements like her exam results, but instead of blaming her parents, she thanked them for providing her with the example of how not to live.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Growing up in Scotland has many benefits, although the weather isn’t one of them! Scotland has may different landscapes, scenes and atmospheres all year round, and Scottish people are unique in their own way. I think that’s why it is such an exciting place to grow up in.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Younger generations and older generations are extremely opposite in some cases. For example, younger people and teenagers these days rely on mobile phones and social media, which may not have been the case for older people when they were growing up. Some older people can look down on younger people when really they are just in the process of growing up and finding out what kind of people they are.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I attend a local Sea Cadets unit and my biggest achievement has been moving through the ranks to a more senior cadet, or achieving more advanced qualifications that other young people my age may not have achieved.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the near future, I would like to apply for the Royal Navy and hopefully become an engineer – which is one of the reasons why I’m doing the Foundation Apprenticeship. I have always wanted to be in the Navy because of how much I enjoy the Sea Cadets, and I aspire to have a long and successful career.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell young people to get as involved in sports activities and clubs as much as possible. In my experience, staying involved and active from a young age helps with your communications skills and the ability to get on well with people and improve your teamwork skills.
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