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Apprentice case study: Jamie McAleese, Cloch Housing Association

Scottish Apprenticeship Week focus. 

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Jamie McAleese is in the process of completing a Housing Apprenticeship with Cloch Housing Association. The 21-year-old from Greenock is working alongside the Corporate Services Team.

The former Inverclyde Academy pupil declared that he continually works hard in order to seek the best out of his apprenticeship. He said:

“I believe that to be a good apprentice, you have to constantly strive to improve your knowledge and understanding. You have to always be asking questions and be proactive in seeking out information, tasks or advice. The more you ask, the more you will learn.”

As part of his apprenticeship, Jamie spends time learning and developing his skills with each department. Jamie said: 

“The best part of my apprenticeship is that I get to learn from and experience all departments.” 

He added that he brings “a fresh mind-set and new ideas,” to the organisation.

Jamie is currently one year into his 18-month apprenticeship. Due to his apprenticeship finishing in March 2018, Jamie is starting to enhance his CV by collating together all the skills he has acquired throughout his apprenticeship.

When asked whether Jamie would encourage other young people to do an apprenticeship, he responded: 

“Absolutely, it’s a great chance to have an even better career in the future.”

He added: 

“I would advise you to go for an apprenticeship as it is a fantastic opportunity.”

Corporate Services officer at Cloch Housing, Shonaid Musgrove, said that Jamie “brings an enthusiasm to his respective roles and made us think about how to relate to young workers” and added:

“Both our Board and senior team were keen to appoint a Modern Apprentice, and we are hopeful that we can have two Modern Apprentices in place going forward for the foreseeable future.”

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