The Thoughts of a Worksmart Apprentice

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Worksmart Contracts is always delighted to shout about the achievements of our apprentices. What better time to do so than Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021.

All this week, companies across Scotland have been celebrating their young apprentices and highlighting their achievements. We’re very lucky to have such a talented and ambitious group of young men and women who come to Worksmart as apprentices and work their way up.

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22-year-old Mackenzie Mackie is an apprentice joiner with Worksmart and has been generous enough to spare some time and write about his life as a Worksmart apprentice.

Over to you, Mackenzie:

My names Mackenzie Mackie, I’m 22 years old and i’m currently in my second year of my carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. My apprenticeship lasts for 4 years and time is flying by.

At school I always studied the ‘hands-on’ side of things from CDT, woodwork, graphic communication, product design and computing. These are the subjects I remember enjoying a lot more than others, so I’m glad I’m in this line of work, despite leaving school and not advancing in any other further education surrounding these topics.

I’ve always been highly interested in the creative side of things. I create a lot online for a podcast I do with my friends, as well a lot of physical media. I grew up around joiners, so it’s not something entirely new to me, but when I was younger I never saw myself doing it.

Worksmart’s Operations Manager Gary Robertson helps out a lot with my families dance company and would always ask me if it was something I was interested in. Off the cuff one day, he told me Worksmart were hiring apprentices and asked if it was something I’d be interested in.

Not thinking too much of it, I forwarded my CV over and waited for a reply. I didn’t think much of because I didn’t think I’d actually be lucky enough to be asked to meet for an interview. But thankfully it all went well and here I am one year into my apprenticeship.

I find it difficult to enjoy something when I’m constantly doing the same things everyday, but with Worksmart every day is different. Seeing new faces and learning each day on the sites or at college keeps me interested.

This apprenticeship has taught me a lot of skills and plenty about myself too. I enjoy the work and love my college course so I’m very excited for what the future brings. My main interest is the graphic design side of things, using CAD to design 3D models of products or technical drawings. Because of this I’m thinking in future maybe advancing on to complete my advance craft and trying my hand at a university course to become an architect.

Although it’s all quite far ahead in the future, it’s something I’ve occasionally thought about. I also believe it’s important to have a goal to aim towards in life. Another goal I’ve thought about is owning my own unit in either Falkirk or Stirling and opening an arcade. Games are my biggest passion and I’ve thought a lot about designing my own store/arcade.

Like I said though, all of these are thoughts for the future. Right now I’d be lucky to cut a piece of timber square!

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