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Scottish Apprenticeships Week - Case Study - Martin Cairney

Martin explained: “I left high school aged 16 with 7 GCSEs and initially became an apprentice motor mechanic, before moving to South Africa where I took on a job as an electrical engineer. After six years abroad, I decided I wanted to come home to Scotland.

“After some research I found out Scottish Gas was doing some really interesting things in energy, which was a sector I was keen to get involved in.”

Martin applied to Scottish Gas and, after successfully completing the selection process, was offered a place on the service and repair apprenticeship programme,

He continued:
“By joining the Scottish Gas apprenticeship programme, I could see an opportunity to get some of the best training on new technologies and start out on a career in engineering.

“Being in the academy was really rewarding. I had the chance to learn engineering theory and share thoughts and skills with the other apprentices that I could very quickly apply in the field. The mix of practical and classroom learning gave me a great insight into the role of a service engineer and a great introduction to the energy sector.

Martin particularly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experienced engineers on the job. He said: “The qualified engineers on my patch were really welcoming, and always on hand to share their experience and help out when I had questions. From shadowing them, I was able to learn a lot about the role of a service engineer and the different challenges you come across in the field.

Martin concluded: “A year on since completing my apprenticeship I’ve continued to work hard to develop my career and have been faced with new challenges which have helped me to gain new skills and grow as an engineer. In the future I’d like to become one of Scottish Gas’ top engineers and continue to develop my career further.”

Almost 50 apprentices are currently in training across Scottish Gas -- we’re proud to invest millions of pounds each year in developing skills for our people and the future economic success of the economy.

As part of Scottish Apprenticeships Week, Scottish Gas is showcasing apprenticeship opportunities to the public at its award-winning Academy in Hamilton.

The Academy in Hamilton is one of six award-winning facilities which the business uses to train apprentices and up-skill existing engineers on new technologies and appliances. In 2013, the company invested £13m in its six UK training academies and apprentices.

For further information on apprenticeships, visit or follow @britishgasjobs on Twitter.

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