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Edinburgh secondary school pupil Harris Deas hopes his career will take off after a work placement at the city’s airport as part of his Foundation Apprenticeship.

Broughton High’s Harris Deas chose a Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship alongside his other school subjects.

The 17-year-old spends his work placement in Edinburgh Airport’s HR department as he progresses towards securing a qualification at the same level as a Higher.

He previously had his heart set on university after school but enjoyed work-based learning so much that he is now considering choosing a Modern Apprenticeship as his next step.

Harris said: “Business Studies was my favourite subject at school and the chance to gain some practical experience was too good to turn down. The Foundation Apprenticeship caught my eye and I loved the sound of it.

“I’m still unsure whether to go to university or apply for a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship. Either way, the Foundation Apprenticeship is a great pathway for me to progress.”

Edinburgh-based Harris was made aware of Foundation Apprenticeships through a routine appointment with his Skills Development Scotland school careers adviser.

His mum and dad encouraged him to seize the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience.

Harris said: “My Foundation Apprenticeship has been exactly what I expected and more. The college side and work placement have been great.

“I also have a part-time job in Waitrose, but I’ve become more comfortable in an office environment. I love coming into Edinburgh Airport and being able to apply the skills I have learned from college.”

Business Studies was my favourite subject at school and the chance to gain some practical experience was too good to turn down. The Foundation Apprenticeship caught my eye and I loved the sound of it.

Harris Deas, Business Skills Foundation Apprentice

Harris couldn’t be in better hands as his workplace supervisor Duncan Anderson is a former apprentice himself.

Having used an apprenticeship to kickstart his own career, Edinburgh Airport’s Recruitment Manager is delighted to bring through the next generation.

He said: “I was keen to support Foundation Apprenticeships because I started my career in a similar way. I’d like to support someone like Harris and show him the ropes in the way I was. Foundation Apprenticeships could potentially become a succession plan across the airport.”

Edinburgh College Enterprise and Commerce lecturer Tracey Reid said: “Harris has excelled in his Foundation Apprenticeship studies. He shows a real commitment to his apprenticeship and should be very proud of what he has achieved so far.”

More information

Visit apprenticeships.scot to find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships.

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