Developing a craft with the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme

Tuesday 05 March 2019

Louise Wyllie, Graduate Apprentice at BrewDog standing in office
The multinational brewery and craft beer specialists, BrewDog, is one of the latest organisations signed up to RGU's Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) scheme – much to the benefit of one of its Senior Customer Service Specialists.

Louise Wyllie (31) is partway through a four-year Business Management GA, which will see her complete an honours degree within the workplace, with the support of a dedicated mentor at BrewDog in addition to support staff at the university.

Louise had been working as a Senior UK Customer Service Specialist for three years, before becoming the company’s UK Customer Service Team Lead. She sees her current apprenticeship as a key part of her career progression.

She said: “I have worked in supply chain for my entire working life and wanted to gain some qualifications, but needed to keep working at the same time.

“I discovered RGU’s GA programme through a friend, whose company were involved in the scheme, and I decided to pursue it myself. It was an easy decision to make really, as it was a great opportunity to study for a degree without having to leave my job.”

With the rest of her career ahead of her and hopes of progressing even further at BrewDog, Louise is enjoying the balanced approach of work-based learning and believes many others can benefit from it.

“It has been interesting and challenging so far, learning much more about my company and what I can do in my role to contribute to our goals as a business. Working in a demanding job and juggling university may not be for the faint of heart, but it has been worth it for the knowledge I’ve gained.

“I would definitely recommend GAs to others who are looking to further their career and expand their experience while working. Being able to take the theory you learn on the programme and immediately put it to use in your day job is very rewarding.”

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