Jamie MacLennan shares his Apprenticeship experience.

LCC UHI Lecturer Jamie MacLennan shares how an apprenticeship can offer a wide range of opportunities for students.

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Lecturer Jamie MacLennan with a student apprentice.

Why would you encourage someone to think about an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery will enable you to learn all the skills you need to be able to carry out your job safely and effectively. The great thing about Apprenticeships is that you get to earn while you learn and also gain nationally recognised qualifications at the end of your programme. 

Successful completion of SVQ Carpentry and Joinery (Construction) at SCQF Level 6, will also give you the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery which will further develop your hand skills in more specialised and traditional craft skills.

Site Carpenters can have a varied career working on new builds, refurbishments or in specialist areas.  After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational areas there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas that compliment your new skills.  Carpentry and Joinery is a rewarding career that can take you anywhere in the world.

What is special/unique about an apprenticeship at LCC UHI?

Here at LCC we are fortunate to have excellent facilities that allow candidates to gain experience that is not always available through their employers.  Our fully equipped workshop allows candidates to enhance their skills on modern, safe carpentry and joinery machinery whilst smaller classes benefit our candidates and allow for more one on one teaching time.

What skills and experience can apprenticeships provide?

The qualification is aimed at people wishing to learn skills in carpentry and joinery allowing them to progress through an apprenticeship, working towards becoming a master craftsman.  An apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery gives candidates the opportunity to gain onsite experience through their employer, whilst block release to the college helps expand their knowledge on the subject and hone their hand skills carrying out complex carpentry tasks.

What would you say to any local business thinking about taking on an apprentice?

Everyone has to start somewhere, hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.