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As a teenager Anna Gillespie decided studying law at university wasn’t for her and left before the end of her first year.

Fast forward nearly 20 years and Bathgate-based Anna is now back at Queen Margaret University as a Business Management Graduate Apprentice.

The 35-year-old works with Amey’s highways team.

She said: “When I heard about Graduate Apprenticeships through work, I thought it was definitely beneficial from a career point of view and a great chance to get formal qualifications while I am at work.

“I would say to anyone thinking about a Graduate Apprenticeship to do it.”

Graduate Apprentices spend the majority of time with their employer, while also spending time at university or college working towards a degree.

Anna admitted she was a little apprehensive about going back into education but has been passing exams and getting good grades since she started her Graduate Apprenticeship.

She’s also met a good group of people at university who are always willing to help each other.

She said: “I’ve had very good support at work, not just time to go to uni but also having a mentor and being able to contact other people in departments who may be able to help me. It’s been excellent.”

Anna enjoys the fast-paced environment of her workplace where current projects include Amey’s work on the Forth Road Bridge and the South East Scotland Trunk Road.

She is already bringing what she is learning at university into the business.

Account Manager for the Amey’s Scottish South East Trunk Roads Unit, Tom Wallace, said: “Graduate Apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity for our company to improve the skillset of our employees, while allowing them to apply those skills to real workplace projects.

“The apprenticeships move learning from being purely theoretical to something that benefits the business and the individual during the period of study.

The apprenticeships move learning from being purely theoretical to something that benefits the business and the individual during the period of study

Tom Wallace, Account Manager for the Amey’s Scottish South East Trunk Roads Unit

“We are delighted that Anna is thriving in her Graduate Apprenticeship, while also maintaining a balance with a challenging and busy role within Amey.

“We continue to wish her every success and her team are on-hand to offer whatever support we can to help make her apprenticeship a success.”

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