Career Spotlight: Meet the apprentices from The Scottish Crannog Centre

10 August 2021

As part of our campaign to #BuildBackFairer, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the movers and shakers working in the creative and cultural sector and asking them to share their insight and advice for those at the start of their careers.

We recently spoke to three apprentices from The Scottish Crannog Centre, a living history museum on Loch Tay in Perthshire. You can hear directly from Digital Marketing Apprentice Toby Sloan and Visitor Services Apprentices Daisy Charles and Izzie Hanby in our podcast bonus episode and find out more about Toby and Izzie below.

Image of apprentices at The Scottish Crannog Centre

Apprentices Toby (front right), Daisy (second left) and Izzie (back left) Image © The Scottish Crannog Centre

Name:
Toby Sloan

Occupation:
Digital Marketing apprentice at the Scottish Crannog Centre

Tell us one thing about your job that we probably don’t know about?
Although my apprenticeship is in digital marketing, I also do outside interpretation for the customers, I tend to do the Technology and Trade areas.

What’s the biggest challenge facing young people wishing to enter the cultural sector right now?
The sector isn’t necessarily employing young people at the minute and most museums might not interest young people.

If you could give your 16-year-old self some career advice, what would it be?
Get an apprenticeship earlier (although I am glad I didn’t leave secondary school early)

What’s been the most surprising moment of your training and career journey so far?
When I cut the top of my thumb off with an axe while splitting wood, that was quite surprising. Or when I was able to help with the winter maintenance and repairing of the crannog, I didn’t think I would be allowed to help, and it was very interesting seeing the process.

Who’s your professional hero?
I’d say my hero is my boss, Mike is always very bubbly and optimistic, even after the recent devastating fire he is eager to be continuing what we do at the Crannog Centre.

 

Name:
Izzie Hanby

Occupation:
Customer Service Apprentice

Tell us one thing about your job that we probably don’t know about?
We do puppet shows every day for visitors :)

What’s the biggest challenge facing young people wishing to enter the cultural sector right now?
I think that in the cultural sector the people who are employed very often have high levels of education in the sector. But if you are a young person trying to get into this sector you may not have been in education long enough to have the same level of experience/knowledge. Which could lower your chances of getting a job in this sector.

If you could give your 16-year-old self some career advice, what would it be?
My 16-year-old self was only 2 years ago but I would tell myself to get an apprenticeship rather than go into further education doing something that i didn’t enjoy or see a future for.

What’s been the most surprising moment of your training and career journey so far?
Recently we have started fundraisers for the Crannog Centre and I have been asked if I can sing at these events and I never thought that could have been at all possible and it makes me very happy.

Who’s your professional hero?
I don’t want to be biased, but the way in which the Scottish Crannog Centre is run and how all the staff and volunteers are so interested and enthusiastic about what they’re doing makes it the best place I have and maybe will ever work!!

Find out more about the Scottish Crannog Centre and how you can support them since their devastating fire on their website.