The Galloway Glens Scheme has worked with a variety of employers across Galloway to support Intern positions, providing high quality work experience but also challenging the preconception that young people must leave the region for their careers.
This week sees celebration as ANOTHER of these interns has secured a longer-term role with the host of the internship, with Andrew Murdoch from Castle Douglas being taken on by Drax as a Civil Engineer Graduate Apprentice.
Andrew completed his six month ‘Technical Support Assistant’ intern position which gave him an overview of a whole range of tasks across the Galloway Hydro Scheme, and was then delighted to secure the Apprenticeship role.
Looking back at his internship, and forwards at the new role, Andrew said:
“I’ve had a wonderful time so far at Drax, everyone has been very helpful and supportive and helped me to secure a full-time apprenticeship studying Civil Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University which I am greatly looking forward to. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of Galloway Glens and the opportunity that was afforded to me to participate in the internship programme. With the valuable insight to the company and the scheme that I gained from my time in the office I felt much more relaxed and confident when the time came to interview for the apprenticeship.”
Martin McGhie, Drax’s O+M Manager for the Galloway Hydros has worked with Andrew throughout the internship and said:
“We have all enjoyed working with Andrew – he has fitted into the team really well and taken every opportunity in the internship to work across a number of roles and get a true understanding of what is involved in working at the Galloway Hydro Scheme.
I am delighted that Andrew has been able to secure a longer-term role with Drax and I hope Andrew’s story will inspire others to consider a career with our organisation.”
Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement Officer, has been keeping in touch with Andrew and providing updates on his progress during the internship. Jan said: “I am absolutely delighted Andrew has secured a Graduate Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with Drax. Andrew was always so enthusiastic about working in the renewable industry and from the outset really wanted to work and learn from Drax. This internship has given him the opportunity to change careers and work in an industry he is passionate about. Well done Andrew and huge thank to Drax for supporting him to achieve his desired career path.”
The Galloway Glens Scheme – supported by a range of partners, particularly The National Lottery Heritage Fund – has supported 15 intern roles across Galloway, and Andrew’s news follows the news earlier this month that Vicky’s Internship with Crichton Carbon Centre had also secured a permanent role. For more information about the Galloway Glens Intern Scheme, please get in touch with [email protected].