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Apprentices from across Scotland gathered in Glasgow to hear from TEDx Youth speaker, Natalie Loh, at a breakfast event hosted by Scotland’s Apprentice Network, as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

The event was open to any apprentice with the aim of celebrating work-based learning, while also providing an opportunity and showcase the benefits of joining Scotland’s Apprentice Network. A TEDx talk from speaker, Natalie Loh, provided a taster of what’s on offer for members of Scotland’s fastest growing national network of apprentices.  

The Network is open to all apprentices, past or present, across Scotland and provides free training and continuous professional development opportunities for its members.  

I want people to think about the opportunities that are possible if they focus on what is different and special about themselves and how their personal experiences and knowledge mean that everyone can bring something different to the table.

TEDx Youth speaker, Natalie Loh

The morning session is one of a series of events taking place during Scottish Apprenticeship Week between 2-6 March. 

The theme for the day was ‘future proofing your skills’ and focused on the mindset and approach that apprentices can adopt to keep their skills relevant, in an ever-changing world of technological shift, regardless of skillset or sector. 

Natalie offered insight into the changes she made to her own career. Having qualified as a vet, she worked in the profession for over 10 years, before deciding it wasn’t for her anymore and to venture down a completely different sector and career path - into the world of creative industries. 

“When I was thinking about options available to me, I thought, which skills do I have and where else can I use these?”, Natalie said.  

“Being a vet requires really strong problems solving attributes, so I identified other roles where this was a core skill – one was being a designer. Although I was scared about making the change, I tried to focus on what I knew, my experiences and what I could uniquely bring to a job. I have now spent the past few years working as a solutions designer – problem solving to find the answer to all sorts of different issues – problems with websites, engagement, branding, user experience, customer interface problems.” 

“Today, I’m speaking to apprentices across Scotland to try and share with them a mindset that helps them recognise their potential. I want people to think about the opportunities that are possible if they focus on what is different and special about themselves and how their personal experiences and knowledge mean that everyone can bring something different to the table. 

I want other apprentices to join Scotland’s Apprentice Network – to help deliver a powerful message that apprenticeships and work-based learning are important, and that university is not the only route to a successful career.

Melissa Jeffrey, Qualified Business Admin apprentice with the Scottish Government and current member of Scotland’s Apprentice Network

The key themes from the day include the importance of meta skills – including creativity, empathy and curiosity. The session also offered an excellent networking opportunity with apprentices from a variety of different sectors and industries. 

Melissa Jeffrey, guest speaker, qualified Business Admin apprentice with the Scottish Government and current member of Scotland’s Apprentice Network said: 

“I want other apprentices to join Scotland’s Apprentice Network – to help deliver a powerful message that apprenticeships and work-based learning are important, and that university is not the only route to a successful career.”  

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