Our Heritage Skills project primarily aims to engage and support Callander’s young people through training and apprenticeship opportunities. Across the three years of the project a number of Modern Apprentices will be recruited, creating a network of young people working together for Callander.

Struan is currently undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in Adventure Tourism and Hospitality with Callander’s Landscape partner Callander Youth Project. He has shared his experience with us below and tells us why he would encourage others to embark on a Modern Apprenticeship.

What attracted you to this Modern Apprenticeship?

It was a unique opportunity that provided lots of different areas of work so that I could find out which area of the industry I would most enjoy. There is lots of variety, from outdoor activities to various hospitality roles, including café work, bar work and functions.

What new skills or experiences have you gained from your Modern Apprenticeship?

While working at the Callander Youth Hostel I have had experience in running functions, working in the bar, opening and closing the hostel, speaking with customers, responding to emails and dealing with bookings while on reception.

I have had experience in running a café, stock checks, barista work, preparing and serving food, opening and closing café.

I have also gained qualifications as an archery instructor, in outdoor first aid and taken part in mountain bike practice and fishing.

How has this experience helped you on your career path so far?

The various hospitality roles have helped me to see what work I want to specialise in, so while I’m studying at uni I will be able to work part-time in an industry that I enjoy. It has also given me lots of qualifications both in the outdoors and in hospitality, so I have lots of different job opportunities in the future.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying for a Modern Apprenticeship?

The Adventure Tourism and Hospitality role is quite varied, so you will learn a range of skills which will be really useful if you are planning to work in the hospitality industry – whether that’s working in a hostel, running various functions or running a bar. It will also give you some responsibility, such as opening and closing the hostel, checking customers in and answering phone calls and emails.

Two further Modern Apprenticeship opportunities have recently been made available for four more lucky young people as a part of the project. Callander Youth Project is recruiting two Landscape Project Assistants who will undertake a Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills and a Level 2 Award in Cultural Heritage, as well as two Adventure Tourism and Hospitality Modern Apprenticeships. More information on the posts available and how to apply can be found on our Work with us page. The deadline for applying for all roles is 12 noon on Monday 22nd July.