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A Moray textile worker is described by his employers as a "valuable role model" for aspiring Modern Apprentices everywhere.

Bartek Gazdowicz is also known for never making mistakes. He joined Johnstons of Elgin straight from school and his eagerness to learn and development potential were quickly recognised by the company, which has been making cashmere and fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories since 1797.

He was encouraged to apply for a position in the warping area where Johnstons had identified a skills gap. Any mistakes have a substantial impact on later processes and the overall quality of projects.

The 21-year-old Fashion and Textiles Heritage Modern Apprentice, who is originally from Poland, enjoys every aspect of his job and training.

"Every day is different as I do different tasks and work with different cloth qualities and materials like cashmere and wool. I also get to work on different colours and patterns."

Bartek Gazdowicz

Bartek added that he has learned lots of new skills since starting his apprenticeship and would recommend the apprenticeships career path to other young people.

His supervisor George Bremner said the family-owned business is committed to retaining and developing traditional and increasingly rare textile styles and are strong supporters of Modern Apprenticeships - with 65 former apprentices and 23 current apprentices in their 1000-strong workforce. The company has plans to increase the number of apprentices in the future.

"Bartek was ideally suited for a Modern Apprenticeship because he was keen to learn and gain qualifications. He has a keen eye for detail but his speed of work is not compromised and is also keen to learn from others and will ask for advice if he needs it. His attitude is that the more he can do, the better he will become."

George Bremner, supervisor

He added: "It says a lot about Bartek's professional development that he has not made a mistake in his ten months of work and training.

"As a learning organisation we encourage a work-based learning approach to ensure the continuing high quality of our product. We believe that Modern Apprenticeships are the best way for passing on technical skills within our company, through our mentor to apprentice approach. It suits everyone from school leavers to more mature members of the team. We feel it is highly effective and empowering for both the apprentice and their trainers and assessors."

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