Aiden Grant - Gael Force Trainee IT Administrator

Friday, 8th March 2019

Inverness local Aiden Grant (18) works at local company GaelForce as a Trainee IT Administrator, joining at the end of 2018.

After studying for two years towards his SCQF Level 6 in ICT and Hardware, Aiden started with GaelForce to advance his technology skills and begin his career in the industry.

GaelForces supplies marine equipment to different industries, and is based in Inverness with operations in Forres, Stornoway, Oban, Glasgow and Plymouth. While it specialises in supplying everything from aquaculture and commercial fishing equipment to leisure marine facilities, it also requires a host of other skills to keep its various offices, 220+ employees and huge client base running smoothly.

Having grown up loving life in the Highlands, weather aside, Aiden was keen to begin his working life here rather than move elsewhere. As the variety of work on offer in the Highlands continues to rapidly expand, it’s increasingly possible for young Highlanders who may have previously been drawn elsewhere in the pursuit of work to instead stay in the area.

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Aiden is still in the early stages of his apprentice journey but is enjoying both the variety of work and supportive environment so far, commenting: “It’s been great, every day has been different which makes things a lot more enjoyable. Problem solving is a huge part of the job so I’ve been able to develop my skills with that a lot, and because of the variety of work I’ve been able to learn a lot in a short space of time. So many new things all at once can be a challenge but I work with really nice people who have been very supportive.”

The programme has been perfect for Aiden as he looks to build a career in the industry while still being able to progress his skills and work towards new qualifications. For young school leavers considering the apprenticeship path Aiden had a piece of advice: “Don’t stop working towards what you want to do.”