The Apprentice Store is a social enterprise whose core aim is to increase employment opportunities for the young workforce through our unique apprenticeship programme. All our apprentices are employed on a two year programme, which includes gaining recognised qualifications and industry experience. During their time with us, our apprentices will work closely with our mentors and customers gaining valuable work experience and achieving industry recognised qualifications. We not only aim to support young people aged 16 to 24, but also the disabled, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and the long term unemployed. We also aim to have at least 10% of our workforce made up of those with such challenges within two years of launch.
As a social enterprise we do not have shareholders and all our profits are invested directly back into our apprentices’ training and development, giving them a better chance to enter the workforce more confident, more qualified and more ready to begin their chosen career.
David Massey has worked in the IT industry since he left school. Writing programmes for fun and intrigued by the way computers worked since the Sinclair Z80 days, he knew he wanted to work with computers in some way. After completing a Youth Training Scheme (an old Modern Apprenticeship) back in the ‘80s he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) and through determination landed his dream job and proceeded to learn his trade. He was with the RAF for more than thirteen years working on various aircraft computer systems and with sub-contractors all over the country. When David left the RAF in 1998 he based himself in Lossiemouth initially.
Settling in the Moray area, and finding it difficult to find a company willing to take on an ex-military man without a degree, David finally got the opportunity to work in a small local company and so his career in the North of Scotland began. A career based on the valuable skills learned during his time in the RAF, he quickly earned a reputation for his depth of knowledgeable, honesty and knack of explaining sometimes quite technical concepts in a way we can all understand.
The Apprentice Store is a way for David to give that same opportunity to young people and those from a difficult background who have talent and drive but haven’t yet had the opportunity to grow those talents.
Irene Massey has a sound business foundation gained from various jobs in a variety of sectors ranging from the Hospitality, local government and Law. Irene applies that valuable experience daily to her work with The Apprentice Store.
Following college, Irene began working with the Careers Service in Inverness and then on to project work which was, at the time, a ground breaking training information service. She continued working with this project until it was merged with the national database of training opportunities in the late 90s.
Her work in the public sector continued until she had the opportunity to change direction and train as a Paralegal with a local solicitor. She has worked with a number of law firms gaining valuable experience and knowledge throughout her time in the legal sector.
She knows how important it is to be given an opportunity and is delighted that The Apprentice Store provides that chance for so many.