A day in the life of an apprentice … Part five

In July 2016 Ayrshire College decided to hire modern apprentices in Marketing and ICT. The marketing apprenticeship is funded by the Ayrshire College Foundation.

Eight months into her apprenticeship we asked Catriona Cook, our Digital Marketing Apprentice, to write a diary of her day-to-day tasks to give an insight into what her job involves.

It’s now day five of the series, and Catriona is heading to the College Development Network Marketing awards tonight.

This morning I met with Gordon Hunt, who is the Vice Chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation which funds my apprenticeship. The Ayrshire College Foundation (ACF) exists to support Ayrshire-based projects that provide educational opportunities for all age groups.

Jennifer, who is the College’s Digital Marketing Officer, and myself have been working on a new website for the ACF, you can access at http://ayrshirecollegefoundation.weebly.com/


The purpose of today’s meeting is to interview Gordon for my blog series “Meet the Trustee”. The last trustee I interviewed was Margaret Harper who is the Depute Head of Grange Academy. She told me a bit about her background and why she got involved with the Ayrshire College Foundation and you can read that blog at: https://ayrshirecollegeblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/guest-post-margaret-harper-ayrshire-college-foundation-trustee/

I arrive back at the office in the afternoon and begin working on some of my apprenticeship learning outcomes. This week I’ve been working on a unit called “The Principles of Marketing and Evaluation.” I’ve been gathering evidence to present to my line manager Shelagh, and hopefully this that will be me finished this unit.

Tonight the marketing team is travelling to Edinburgh for the College Development Network Marketing Awards where Ayrshire College is a finalist in the PR & Communications and Digital Marketing categories, as well as being shortlisted twice in the Events category.

In preparation for our night at the awards ceremony, the marketing team has booked in to the College’s training salon for blow-dries and hair-ups. It is great having these amazing facilities on campus and both the training salon and the You. Salon are open to students, staff and the public. You can more information on Facebook @yousalon.


Remember to check back tomorrow to see how we get on at the CDN awards!


Using data to transform how you receive health and care

Ever thought about how data helps or hinders your life?

Ever thought about its impact on your health?

Did you know that your data will transform how you receive health and care, and how it will be delivered in the future?

Brendan Faulds has spent a career using data to improve sales and productivity for large multinational companies and, for the last 13 years, with the NHS in Scotland. 

He is speaking at our Ayrshire Bytes: Data Changes Everything  conference at our Kilmarnock Campus on Tuesday 21 March.

Brendan embarked on a mission to fill a “data deficit” over 11 years ago in the NHS which helped transform procurement in the NHS and across the public sector.

In recent years, Brendan turned his attention to digital healthcare and, for the last two and a half years, helped establish the Digital Health & Care Institute, one of Scotland’s eight Innovation Centres.

Digital healthcare is about technology alongside the data that it either needs or creates. These combine to change the way that health and care services are provided.

Digital health empowers the citizen, putting you at the centre of your care and in control of your data.

Hear more from Brendan at our Data Changes Everything conference which is a Datafest 2017 fringe event. 

Book your place here.