High flyer Harris’s career ready for take off with apprenticeship

Harris Deas hopes his career will take off after a work placement at the city’s airport as part his Foundation Apprenticeship.
Boss Duncan Anderson and Harris DeasBoss Duncan Anderson and Harris Deas
Boss Duncan Anderson and Harris Deas

Broughton High pupil Harris chose a Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship alongside his other school subjects.

His achievements are being ­celebrated along those of other apprentices as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland and takes place from 2 to 6 March.

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The theme is Talent Without Limits, celebrating the diversity that makes Scottish Apprenticeships good for ­individuals, employers and the economy. The 17-year-old spends his work placement in Edinburgh Airport’s HR department and is now considering choosing a Modern Apprenticeship over university.

Harris said: “Business Studies was my favourite subject at school and the chance to gain some practical experience was too good to turn down. The Foundation Apprenticeship caught my eye and I loved the sound of it.

“I’m still unsure whether to go to ­university or apply for a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship. Either way, the Foundation Apprenticeship is a great pathway for me to progress.”

Harris was made aware of Foundation Apprenticeships through a routine appointment with his Skills Development Scotland school careers adviser.

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His mum and dad encouraged him to seize the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience.

Harris said: “My Foundation Apprenticeship has been exactly what I expected and more. The college side and work placement have been great.

“I also have a part-time job in ­Waitrose, but I’ve become more ­comfortable in an office environment. I love coming into Edinburgh Airport and being able to apply the skills I have learned from college.”

Harris couldn’t be in better hands as his workplace supervisor, Duncan Anderson, is a former apprentice himself.

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Having used an apprenticeship to kickstart his own career, Edinburgh Airport’s recruitment manager said: “I was keen to support Foundation Apprenticeships because I started my career in a similar way. I’d like to support someone like Harris and show him the ropes in the way I was. Foundation Apprenticeships could potentially become a succession plan across the airport.”

Edinburgh College enterprise and commerce lecturer Tracey Reid said: “Harris has excelled in his Foundation Apprenticeship studies. He shows a real commitment to his apprenticeship and should be very proud of what he has achieved so far.”

SDS chief executive Damien Yeates said: “Scottish Apprenticeships create opportunities for everyone no matter their background and for every business no matter its size or sector.”

For more information, visit www.apprenticeships.scot

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