As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Harry Baird, a Modern Apprentice Marine Engineer at Scottish Sea Farms Ltd. After secondary school, Harry decided that university was not for him so he applied for jobs and was later offered a job as an Apprentice Engineer.
Can you describe a typical day as a MA Marine Engineer?
“Each day is different and I get exciting and challenging tasks to do.”
How did you end up in your current role as a MA Marine Engineer?
“At the end of S6, I gained acceptances from several universities but I decided that leaving my home wasn't really for me.
“I began to look for jobs in Orkney so I could show my parents that I could get a job that would suit me for life rather than spend the four years at university.
“This path led me to Scottish Sea Farms where I applied to be a Trainee Fish Farm Worker. I did not get this job but a few months later, I received a phone call from the Head of Human Resources saying that they had an opportunity for me to become an Apprentice Engineer. I got the job and I do not regret the decision.”
What is the best thing about being a MA Marine Engineer?
“I think it is the employee relationships. You feel more like part of a family than a job. Scottish Sea Farms has a very inviting atmosphere that makes you want to say.”
What is the worst thing about being a MA Marine Engineer?
“You work in all weathers being in the North of Scotland. This makes trying not to lose bolts on the deck of a boat in stormy weather quite challenging.”
What skills do you need to be a MA Marine Engineer?
“You need communication skills, team work skills and a working knowledge and understanding on engineering.”
What qualifications do you have?
Why would you recommend your job as a MA Marine Engineer young people?
“I would recommend this job or any apprenticeship to younger people because it opens more doors than university and you are guaranteed a job at the end of the apprenticeship.
“Working close to home has allowed me to have a solid income while still living at home, I have a plot of land to which I plan on building on and I have no debts which I would have had if I went to university.”
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