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Skills Generation: A young person’s guide to entering the workforce

As we celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week under the theme "Skills Generation," we have put together hints, tips and considerations that you’ll need when looking for apprenticeship roles in any sector. I'm Jamie Hughes, and I'm excited to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need as you look to enter the world of work!

In alignment with this year's theme, let's explore how the skills you develop today can shape your future in the energy industry. With dedication, preparation, and a commitment, you can unlock countless opportunities.


At Altrad Sparrows, we understand the importance of nurturing talent and empowering young individuals to thrive in their careers. That's why we’ve developed a series of downloadable resources designed to equip you with the essential skills needed to succeed (click the document title to download your copy):

  • Job application preparation pack – this set of resources includes tips on CV and cover letter writing to get you ready to apply for a role.
  • Job interview preparation pack - this set of resources will help you plan an interview, including tips on researching the company and having prepared answers for the interview questions.

These resources serve as your toolkit for success, equipping you with the skills necessary to navigate the competitive landscape of the energy industry, at a time when others are also looking to fill those roles. Remember, the skills you create today will serve as the foundation for your future endeavours.

4 things to remember

In addition to utilising these resources, here are a few essential tips to keep in mind:

  1. Embrace learning: Continuously seek opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills. The energy industry is constantly evolving, and those who adapt and embrace change will thrive.
  2. Cultivate resilience: Building a career in the energy sector may present challenges, but resilience will carry you through. Learn from setbacks, persevere in the face of adversity, and emerge stronger than ever.
  3. Champion diversity and inclusion: Embrace diversity of thought and experiences. The energy industry thrives on innovation, which is fuelled by diverse perspectives and ideas.
  4. Make a positive impact: Beyond advancing your career, strive to make a meaningful difference in the world. Whether it's through sustainability initiatives, community engagement, or technological advancements, your contributions matter!

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that the skills you acquire today will not only shape your career but are transferable into your everyday life. Believe in your potential, embrace every opportunity for growth, and never underestimate the impact you can make in the energy industry and beyond.

See what what a career journey at Altrad Sparrows looks like.

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