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Mark Baltazar pursued a Modern Apprenticeship so he could work, earn and learn.

His family came from the Philippines in 2005 when his mother came here to work as a nurse.

Mark said: “Three years ago I was studying an HND at North Highland College UHI when I saw details of SSE’s Employability Scheme.

“After I completed the scheme, I was encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship and I felt really fortunate when I was successful in becoming an Engineering and Investment apprentice with SSE.”

The apprentice from Evanton said he prefers to learn through work-based learning.

He said: “I’ve learned so much by doing things hands on and learning from experienced tradesmen.

"I’ve learned so much by doing things hands on and learning from experienced tradesmen."

Mark Baltazar, Modern Apprentice

“My original plan was to do a degree after college, but by doing the apprenticeship I have been able to earn a wage while gaining a qualification.”

Mark completed his four-year apprenticeship a year early.

The 24-year-old said: “The people I work with have been so supportive of me through my apprenticeship, it has been amazing.”

John Stewart, Director of HR at SSE said: “Apprenticeship programmes are not just key to a company’s success, but key to the future success of our industry.

“By allowing people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to develop, earn a fair wage and gain work experience apprenticeships are able to equip them with the right tools to enter the workplace and continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Mark said: “I definitely made the right choice by choosing an apprenticeship.”

Looking ahead at his career, he commented: “The amount I’ve learned and the experience I’ve gained from my apprenticeship will really benefit my career.”

Want to know more?

Visit Apprenticeships.scot for information on becoming an apprentice and taking on an apprentice.

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