Day 68- Rachel, 20, Perthshire

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!

Rachel started at Volpa in 2016 to begin an Administration Apprenticeship. After finishing that she began a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship to further her education and career path.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
I meet a lot of inspiring Scots in my place of work, from clients to entrepreneurs and speakers. I find it really inspiring to see their projects come to life and become a success. It’s great we are a part of that process.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think the best thing about growing up in Scotland would be the Scottish humour; I think this plays a big part in community spirit and makes me proud to be Scottish. And of course, the pride people take in being Scottish.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to continue to support young people and understand that social media and digital is a huge part of today’s world. I also think that people of the older generation keeping up with all things digital and social is very beneficial.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date would be being shortlisted for apprentice of the year at The Courier Awards, I felt very grateful that I had been recognised for my hard work over the past year. Although I didn’t win the award I found the other apprentices’ stories really interesting. The awards night was a great opportunity to meet other local businesses.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In terms of the future, I would really like to finish my current apprenticeship and continue to work within the digital department at Volpa and with our clients. I think that working in digital is a fantastic opportunity to be more creative and work closely with clients and their businesses. However, I would also love the opportunity to travel at some point.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice to other young people in Scotland would be to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. In being in my apprenticeship I have been given so many opportunities to try new things and learn new skills that have helped me a great deal along the way. I think the best advice I can give is to get out of your comfort zone and take risks.

If Rachel’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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