SCOTT CAMPBELL (20), GREENKEEPING APPRENTICE
Since starting, I’ve developed lots of new skills and have enjoyed applying them to the highest possible standards, but I’ve also developed as a person too. Before, I was used to being told what to do and carrying that out to the letter, no more or no less. At Gleneagles, the support is there if I need it, but I’m encouraged to problem solve myself, to employ my common sense and to pre-empt obstacles and challenges before they happen.
LINDSAY MacARTHUR (17), HOTEL OPERATIONS APPRENTICE
I’m currently working in housekeeping, which is much more complicated and high-pressured than I could have imagined. When I started, I didn’t have any experience, so I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve grown in self-confidence and self-belief. I’ve learnt that when you throw yourself into anything and work hard, eventually you get to the stage where it feels natural. It gives me pleasure and pride to think that the work I do is helping to ensure people have a great stay.
MAX MAXWELL (17), CULINARY APPRENTICE
As soon as I started, I made a conscious effort to discard all the culinary knowledge I had picked up in the past because I knew I’d learn it better here from some of the best chefs in the country. These first few weeks, I’ve been learning a lot about speed, efficiency, time management and cooking techniques. But working with chefs who are more knowledgeable and experienced than I am reminds me there’s still so much to learn and gives me the motivation to continue improving.