My Experience at Developing the Young Workforce – Rowan Morrison

Monday, 23rd July 2018

I started working for Developing the Young Workforce on the 7th of August 2017 - this year has flown by and what a year it has been. I have been able to gain a variety of experiences that I previously wouldn’t have had the opportunity to if it wasn’t for DYW.

I completed my level 6 Business and Administration Modern Apprenticeship in March this year, with support from the Virtual Learning Academy. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to complete an Apprenticeship as I was able to gain real life work experience while getting paid at the same time. Hands-on training during an Apprenticeship gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helped me gain more confidence in a working environment.

In my role at DYW I had to step out my comfort zone in a number of occasions, which has helped boost my confidence in more ways than one. Talking at speed networking events, networking lunches, career fairs and hosting a table of my own at the annual Highland Business Dinner in May are just a few examples.

Working in a professional office environment was a completely different experience for myself, I left school in June 2017 and all my previous jobs were tourism or hospitality based. I had a variety of responsibilities working in the Chamber office. I organised work experience for school pupils, managed meeting room bookings and took control of the social media for DYW.

Since working at DYW I have been able to talk to a number of businesses about their job roles, this has helped me to realise what I would like to do in the future. I applied to go to University last winter and have been able to secure a spot at my chosen university. I’d like to thank the chamber team who have been particularly supportive in helping me achieve this goal.