Quarriers Apprentice Shines at Apprentice Awards

Quarriers Apprentice, Kiera McMillan, 18, is crowned the Rising Star at the recent QA Scotland Apprenticeship Awards.

Quarriers Apprentice Shines at Apprentice Awards

Kiera, 18, started with Quarriers, one of Scotland’s leading social care charities, in September 2023, straight from John Paul Academy High School, in Summerston. She has been working diligently on perfecting her digital marketing skillset in the External Relations team.

Kiera has a keen eye for social media and in particular for making snappy reels that put across a message in a fun and effective way. Sally Nimmo, Communications Officer and
Kiera’s mentor at Quarriers, said: “Kiera has been a huge asset to our team. She has a natural flair for all things social media and always brings new ideas to the table. She has become an integral part of our content creator’s group. She has thrown herself into any opportunity that has come her way, and we are proud of all she has achieved.”

The apprenticeship, facilitated by QA, aims to offer young people the chance to kick start their career, discover their potential and master the skills that employers are seeking. Earn while you learn, all the while unlocking a world of possibilities.

The Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship combines high quality training and on-the-job experience to create skilled digital marketing professionals.

At the end of Kiera’s year of study and working, she will be awarded a SCQF Level 6 Diploma in Digital Marketing.

When asked about her decision to follow the apprenticeship route, Kiera said: “I always struggled in a classroom environment, I am more of a practical learner. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to have hands-on experience while also learning through the apprenticeship scheme.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Quarriers. I particularly enjoy being involved in the pre-planning of events, then documenting them through our digital channels.

“I have started creating short-form video content to raise the awareness of the variety of Quarriers services. That has been really enjoyable. Being involved in creating content that shows the work that Quarriers does, and to help boost recruitment opportunities has been really interesting.”

The winners were announced on Wednesday 13 March at a ceremony at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, and Kiera said the win has cemented her belief in her abilities.

“I was shocked to win and overwhelmed with the cheers from the team from Quarriers. Winning is brilliant, but I already know much I have learned and improved over my time at Quarriers.”

The External Relations team at Quarriers are very proud of Kiera and all she has accomplished since joining the organisation. Quarriers is committed to offering apprentices a positive experience as they begin their career.