As Scottish Apprenticeship week once again rolls around, it’s time for Worksmart to look within our ranks and celebrate the fresh faces of the team. These young men and women will be future of not only Worksmart, but the construction industry in general.
Nothing pleases us more than seeing local apprentices making their way in this industry. At a time when so many young people are directionless and fear for the future, we pride ourselves on giving them a platform to excel.
Two of our second-year apprentices – Finlay Kerr and Mackenzie Mackie – were keen to share their experiences as Worksmart apprentices.
Finlay (18) and Mackenzie (23) both joined Worksmart as apprentices in 2019. Both chose to become joiners after enjoying woodwork at school. Mackenzie also had a bit of push from our very own Gary Robertson, who encouraged Mackenzie to apply for the job.
Mixing his days between practical on-site work and attaining his qualifications in the classroom at Ayrshire College, Finlay said a usual day for him includes “working with other people, using plasterboard to sheet walls, cutting wood for framing and keeping the site nice and tidy.”
Speaking about his day-to-day duties, Mackenzie said “it’s something new every day which is great for me. I find it difficult to enjoy something when I’m constantly doing the same thing; seeing new faces and learning each day on the sites or at college keeps me motivated.”
We place great value on the educational aspect of an apprenticeship and all of our apprentices have enjoyed their time at Ayrshire College and Forth Valley College respectively. Mackenzie said “this apprenticeship has taught me a lot of skills and a lot about myself too. I enjoy the work and love my college course.”
Finlay added “I feel like I am using the skills I have learned from college a lot on site and college has helped me understand joinery a lot more.” Worksmart is delighted to have a strong working partnership in place with Ayrshire College which has been hugely beneficial for our young staff.
So, what does the future hold for these two? Well, as you’d expect of any Worksmart employee, both have a lot of ambition and are excited for what the future will bring. Finlay said he hopes to be supervising jobs with Worksmart in 10 years’ time.
Mackenzie, on the other hand would like to explore his interest in the graphic design side of things further and learn more about CAD and designing 3D models of products and technical drawings. He added: “I’m thinking in future I can complete my advanced craft and try my hand at a university course to become an architect.”
Hopefully both young men have a bright future within the industry. For now, we’re delighted to have them on the Worksmart team.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy in Scotland.