Highbury College and Solent Sky Services’ partnership is flying high as the premier aerial media and drone surveying company takes on its first apprentice.

Solent Sky Services' apprentice Lauren Maclennan and Managing Director Michael Woods

Lauren Maclennan is Solent Sky Services newest recruit as she competes a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Project Management.

The 18-year-old is enjoying her role, which includes filming, production, business development and networking, saying: “So far, it’s been really good and very exciting – there’s lots going on. My job is about managing a project from concept to completion, including looking after budgets, stakeholders and keeping everyone happy.

“It’s a fun place to work. I don’t feel like I’m just sat in an office all day – we’re always out and about and in meetings. My colleagues are very supportive, they’re always on hand to answer any questions or queries.”

Solent Sky Services Managing Director Michael Woods said: “We’re proud to have Lauren working for us. As our first employee, she is making a huge difference to our business. Lauren is a delight to work with and we’re already receiving very good feedback about her from our clients.”

The College’s Employment Services team is committed to ensuring that not only the needs of the business are met but that Highbury’s apprentices receive industry relevant qualifications. As part of her apprenticeship, Lauren attends Highbury College every other Friday.

Of the College Lauren added: “The staff have been really nice, easy to get a hold of and they’ve been really informative. I know that if I call up with a question I’d get a response quickly. It’s nice to be back in a learning environment and the lecturer is amazing – you could tell they know exactly what they were talking about.”

Employment Services worked with Solent Sky Services to help them find the right apprentice for their business.

Michael said: “We would highly recommend apprenticeships, I went through an apprenticeship myself and understand the value and importance of them. Highbury College also made the process as seamless as possible for us.”

Lauren would also recommend apprenticeships, saying: “It’s one of the best ways to enter into a career. You’re getting all of the industry knowledge and you’re getting all the qualifications from attending college as well. I like apprenticeships because of the mixture of classroom and work-based learning, but I wanted to develop my professional qualifications and I liked that the Level 4 qualification is a step above A Levels.”

To find out more about recruiting an apprentice or becoming one, click here.

Article Details

  • Date 13/03/2020