Thinking of an apprenticeship? Rachel says go for it!


When asked if Rachel Murphy would recommend doing a Modern Apprenticeship her response is “if you are thinking about it, go for it!”

The 20-year-old Modern Apprentice is currently on the Electronic Fire & Security programme with New College Lanarkshire and Emtec Fire Systems. She started her apprenticeship after getting a taste for it in the year-long pre-apprenticeship programme.

Rachel’s time is split between building qualifications and learning new skills in the College’s state-of-the-art Securities Hub in the Kirkintilloch Campus, to putting these into practice in the workplace with the Uddingston-based construction contractor.

She said: “My careers adviser at school was the first to tell me about the pre-apprenticeship programme at the College, which I decided to do.

“During that year I really enjoyed learning about the industry and found it really interested as I didn’t know much about it before. It’s not as well known a trade as electricians, plumbers, etc.

“So I decided to pursue it and, with the help of my assessor at college, I secured an apprenticeship with Emtec Fire Systems.

“The best thing about the apprenticeship is learning new skills and learning about new systems and how they can work together.

“I hope to complete my apprenticeship and become a fully qualified engineer and be the best I can be in the industry.

“I would encourage anyone to consider an apprenticeship. I would especially like more females to get involved in this area. I have had a great experience, the lecturers are really willing to help you out and help you to success and the facilities and workshop areas are great.

“If you are thinking about it, go for it!”

Ross Lundie, Work Base Assessor at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Rachel is very committed to all aspects of her apprenticeship and her hard-work is noticed by all who meet her.

“The Electronic Fire and Securities apprenticeship can vary from month to month due to the ever growing industry, with four different disciplines to learn - Fire, Intruder, CCTV and Access Control.

“This can be quite a daunting task for a student beginning their career in fire and security, however the learning environment created and the experienced team we have behind the course itself helps apprentices like Rachel succeed.”

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