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Scottish Apprenticeships Week - Case Study - Vicky Smith

Vicky explained: “I left school aged 17 with eight Standard Grades and four Highers. I was keen to find work in a hands-on role but struggled. At first I worked in retail but it wasn’t for me. I then decided to study for a degree in Surveying at Aberdeen University. I enjoyed the course but I didn’t enjoy university life.”

Vicky left university and applied for a HNC in Electrical Engineering at Aberdeen College. She passed the course and was about to apply for a HND but realised that finding a job would be difficult.

She applied online to Scottish Gas. After successfully completing the selection process she was offered a place on the service and repair apprenticeship programme. She continued: “I could see that by joining a company like Scottish Gas, there would be so many opportunities to have a successful career in engineering.

“I liked being at the academy, learning in a supportive environment with experienced engineers. The training was a mix of practical and theory, sitting in the classroom then getting out to the workrooms before shadowing engineers doing the day job.”

Vicky also liked the fact that there were other women on the course. She added: “There were 12 of us on the course and I met some great people including my roommate, Danielle, who was from Cumbria. We’re still great friends.”

She said: “Two years on, I’m qualified and have been working as an engineer since January 2013. I’ve also recommended that friends apply. Some of my friends are struggling to get placements after graduating from university, so I’m glad I took this route with Scottish Gas.”

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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