Daniel Smith, Business and Administration Modern Apprentice - Gael Force
Monday, 4th March 2019
Twenty-year-old Daniel Smith, who lives in Inverness, works at GaelForce, which supplies equipment, technology and services to aquaculture, marinas, commercial fishing and leisure marine markets worldwide.
Daniel had always been keen to pursue a career in the industry and took up the role of Group Administration Assistant with GaelForce in late 2018.
On a day-to-day basis Daniel’s role involves helping the accounts department with a lot of its daily tasks. From processing incoming invoices and acting as the voice of the company fielding telephone enquiries, Daniel has quickly integrated himself into the GaelForce team.
Despite being surprised by how busy the accounts department is and the volume of work passing through the office Daniel has settled into his new role well. With the job requiring a keen eye for detail and good computer literacy, he has been able to match his existing skills with a position that makes good use of them.
Daniel has been combining his day-to-day tasks with studying so that he can get the most out of the programme and lay solid foundations for his future career. One of the many benefits of an apprenticeship is the opportunity to combine earning and learning, in Daniel’s case he has chosen to work towards qualifications in Business and Administration.
This has been helped by the environment created by his co-workers. “The company has been very supportive in the time I’ve been here. The best part of the job is the people that I get to work alongside, they’re good fun and have made me feel right at home since day one” reflected Daniel.
Looking back on what he has learned in just two months, Daniel said: “I’ve learned a lot about the how the invoicing process works and all about the systems the company uses which has been really interesting. On a personal level I’ve developed some very valuable skills that I’ll be able to take with me throughout my career like effectively managing workload and how to communicate effectively in a business environment.”
A big part of why Daniel decided to take on the role was a desire to stay in the Highlands while also being able to pursue a career, commenting: “This is my home but it is also a beautiful part of the world with great people and an amazing culture. Being able to stay here and at the same time work in an industry with potential for real career progression is ideal for me.”
After choosing not to pursue the university path into the workforce, Daniel believes his route into employment has brought many opportunities for developing his career.
His advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship? “Based on my experience it is really a great way to go and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about starting one. Being based in the Highlands near my friends and family, getting experience and being able to work towards relevant qualifications is a perfect balance for me.”