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OHAL Apprentice Stories

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Introducing Apprentices Past & Present - Leanne Omand, Kaylee Flett & Amiee Leask

I started my career here at Orkney Housing Association as a Modern Apprentice back in late 2015. This was a great opportunity for me as I had no prior experience of working in an office. The skills and experiences which I gained through this programme were what helped me secure my full-time, permanent position here as a Customer Services Assistant. Almost one year into my role, I still thoroughly enjoy my job. Without the MA programme, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I have really enjoyed my time working at OHAL and the support that both OHAL and Orkney College provided whilst I was completing my Modern Apprenticeship was invaluable. Completing my MA and gaining my SVQ2 qualification has helped expand my knowledge and experience working in an office environment and this helped contribute to me securing full time, permanent employment in a similar role at a different organisation. I would fully recommend any young person interested in a business/administrative role to consider applying for a Modern Apprenticeship as it is a great way to get yourself into a working environment.

Having completed half of the apprenticeship, I am thoroughly enjoying working at Orkney Housing Association. Both OHAL and Orkney College provide great support for completing the SVQ. The apprenticeship has so far enabled me to gain experience in a business/admin-based environment which will be invaluable when applying for jobs in the future. Being introduced to a wide variety of tasks has really broadened my knowledge and skillset. I look forward to gaining an apprenticeship qualification and the opportunities that this will present, and would encourage any young person looking to gain experience in an administrative role to consider applying for this apprenticeship.