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!
Aaron is 16 and lives in Livingston. He’s a fifth year pupil at Inveralmond Community High School, and works part-time in retail. He also volunteers with many different organisations in his spare time, including the Boys’ Brigade. As one of his school subject choices, Aaron is doing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare at West Lothian College. Foundation Apprenticeships are open to young people in fifth and sixth year at secondary schools and involves learning at college and a work placement, typically taking two years to complete and resulting in a qualification similar to a Higher.
Which young Scot inspires you?
My friend Sean inspires me the most. He had to undergo many surgeries, and we didn’t know what would happen. Now I see him every day in school with a smile on his face, showing pure resilience.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think the best thing about growing up in Scotland is the people. You can talk to anyone like they’re a best friend, and make friendships just from telling someone the time.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
We are not all the same. There are some genuinely amazing teens in Scotland – just because some can be misread, people often think we’re all the same. We are all different.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My soon-to-be biggest achievement will be getting my Queen’s Badge through Boys’ Brigade. This is my biggest achievement as I have aimed for this moment since I was five years old, and now it’s here.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
The chance to give back to everyone and everything that has helped to get me to where I am today, and I would love to become a vital part in helping another young person achieve their Queen’s Badge through the Boy’s Brigade.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I know it’s cringey, but it’s true – don’t let people tell you that you can’t because you can, and, no matter what, always take the chance because you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
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