Michael Suttie Student Story
28 February 2020

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020

We’re supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week! Throughout the week we’ll be catching up with some of our apprentices to find out why doing an apprenticeship was the best choice for them and how they’re benefiting from gaining an industry recognised qualification while learning on-the-job.

Watch the videos below or read further into each story below.

Ahmed – Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills

Seventeen-year-old Ahmed Abdou started his Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in 2018. Ahmed’s FA is run in partnership between his school, the College and technology giant Microsoft.

Currently in the second year of his FA, Ahmed spends time working in Microsoft’s Waverley Gate offices, learning about various elements of the organisation.

Having chosen to study an FA, Ahmed now hopes to go to university and is keen to do so through a Graduate Apprenticeship route.

Flavia – Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills

Flavia Ciccotti began her Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in 2018. Flavia’s Apprenticeship was run in partnership with her school, the College and Crisis Scotland – a national charity for homeless people.

During the second year of her FA, Flavia spent time working at Crisis’ Edinburgh office – learning in the workplace, gaining crucial work experience which would help to shape her future career.

Flavia now works for Aberdeen Standard Life. Watch the video above to hear more about her FA experience.

Mark McCole – Modern Apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering

Vehicle Body Repair and Alignment apprentice Mark McCole decided to start an apprenticeship at the age of 27, after realising that his passion was in working with cars.

Mark serves his Apprenticeship with L&I Eaton, based in Edinburgh’s Leith area and compliments his on-the-job learning with assessments and theory at the College’s Sighthill Campus.


What the video below to find out the benefits employers receive from taking on an apprentice.