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A former Apprentice of the Year says his career has taken off thanks to work-based learning giving him more than just a job.

Fraser Wallace was named both Foundation Apprentice and overall Apprentice of the Year in 2018.

He successfully progressed from a Foundation to a Modern Apprenticeship with global company GE Aviation and Ayrshire College.

And now he has been given a new role ahead of completing his apprenticeship next March – a first for any apprentice at the firm.

Continuous learning and development

Fraser has been trained to have sole responsibility of ensuring all the electrical calibrated tools and equipment at GE are maintained.

Fraser says: “This new role is a good opportunity to do something completely different.

“It gives me lots of responsibility and independence so will be a steep learning curve but I like being in at the deep end as it will force me to build on my skills like time and work management.”

The ability to continue to learn new things has been the biggest benefit to taking an apprenticeship, according to Fraser.

Apprenticeships open doors

He said: “From the Foundation Apprenticeship right through to the Modern Apprenticeship at GE Aviation, my skills have kept developing and it’s always been about taking the next step and trying different things.”

Taking a Foundation Apprenticeship also gave Fraser the chance to create a network that has opened more doors.

He said: “An apprenticeship isn’t just a job, it gives you a career opportunity and it’s what you do with it that counts.

“You get to see the whole business to help make choices about what you want to do and have the chance to make connections which can benefit you in the future.”

Talented apprentices like Fraser, along with their employers and learning providers are set to be at the heart of the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards this year.

The pandemic has changed every aspect of people’s lives and apprenticeships are playing a key part in Scotland’s economic recovery and transition.

It’s never been more important to continue celebrating the success of dedicated apprentices, the commitment of their employers and innovation shown by learning providers.

Recognise your talent

Do you work with a Foundation, Modern or Graduate Apprentice like Fraser? Then visit to find out more about the categories and how to nominate.

The deadline for nominations is noon on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 and winners will be revealed during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 7-11 March 2022.

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