Apprentice Auryn is breath of fresh air

Shortlisted apprentice Auryn Chorley at work in ScotlandShop.
Shortlisted apprentice Auryn Chorley at work in ScotlandShop.

Just a year after joining an expanding Borders online retailer on a funded training programme, Auryn Chorley has landed a full-time job and been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

“He has given us fresh ideas and a new perspective,” enthused Anna White, founder and owner of Duns-based tailored tartan clothing and interiors specialist ScotlandShop

Auryn, a 17-year-old former Berwickshire High pupil from Swinton, is one of three Scottish youngsters selected to vie for the accolade of Level 2 Apprentice of the Year at the annual Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards run by Skills Development Scotland.

The winner will be selected at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on November 18.

And Anna, for one, believes Auryn would be a more than worthy recipient of the title.

“As our business grew since we started in 2002, we wanted to expand our team and I think it’s important to have a good mix of ages and experience within the business to keep it going forward,” she told The Southern.

“Every new member of staff brings a fresh viewpoint and new ideas and we encourage everyone to contribute.

“The great thing about school leavers is they are so ready to learn and have no pre-conceived ideas about how to work so you can teach them quickly.

“Auryn, who came to us straight from school last September, slotted into our team very nicely with his easy-going manner and great attitude.

“He was so quiet when he arrived and it has been rewarding for all of us to see his confidence grow. He has realised that even if school wasn’t really for him, working at ScotlandShop definitely is.”

Recruited by training provider Intec Business Colleges and with financial support from the Employment Recruitment Incentive scheme, which supports employers in the initial months of an apprenticeship, Auryn quickly gained his SVQ in retail skills and, after being offered a full-time job, he has recently achieved his Modern Apprenticeship in Retail at Level 2.

Auryn now has a key role within the six-strong ScotlandShop team, selling products online, processing and packaging orders, maintaining the data base and stockroom and actively marketing the firm’s services.

“He has an exemplary approach to customer service which perfectly fits the culture of our business,” said Anna.