Young People

2018 is officially the Year of Young People in Scotland, providing a platform to promote and celebrate the talents, achievements and contributions of Scotland’s incredible young people – and a quick look at Twitter shows just how much is going on.

At HIAL nearly 10% of the staff we employ are aged 26 and under, so we’ve asked several of our own Young People to tell us about working at HIAL.

Laura Barry, Facilities Supervisor, Inverness Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been in my current role for 8 months but have been with Inverness Airport for 1 year and 8 months.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I initially liked the idea of a career in Graphic Design, and I went to the University of Abertay Dundee to study Visual Communication and Media Design.

After university I interviewed for the role of Terminal Duty Officer with CBRE, who are contracted to HIAL to fulfil the Facilities Management of Inverness Airport. Nearly a year later an opportunity to interview for the role of Facilities Supervisor opened which I applied for and was successful.

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Jamie Conley, Crew Manager / Acting Watch Manager, Islay Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

Just over 2 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

From an early age I knew I wanted to be a part of the Emergency Services but growing up in Campbeltown – which is a relatively small place – meant that there weren’t many opportunities for young people and I knew I would have to move away and work hard to achieve my personal goals.

I joined the Young Firefighter’s Scheme when I was 14-  run by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, I spent 3 years in the scheme and addition to learning firefighting skills being part of the scheme also helped to develop my team working, problem solving and communication skills. When I left school l joined the Retained Fire Service in Campbeltown and served there for 1 year; Campbeltown Fire station is a great unit with a great team but an opportunity arose at Dundee Airport as a Firefighter and I was lucky enough to have been successful. I worked at Dundee Airport for 2 years as a Firefighter before taking on my new position at Islay.

Due to the Crew Manager role at Islay being so diverse it’s not really one you can study for. I gained as much experience as I could while I worked at Dundee Airport – the knowledge that I gained from all the staff there has definitely helped me in my manager’s role. Since starting at Islay I have gained my Instructor / Assessor awards and I have just recently completed my Internal Verifier award through Inverness College which will hopefully help my career progression.

I am extremely settled here on Islay but I would ideally like to be Islay Airport’s Station Manager (sorry, Niall!). Alternatively I have thought about moving to other airports within HIAL. For the time being I am very focused on achieving the best for Islay, the past few years have seen a lot of changes in the whole operation but currently we have a great staff, everyone is playing their part and I feel that I have been a big influence towards this.

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Shannon De Pass, ICT Support, Head Office

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been here since January 2018.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

When I was at school I wanted to join MI5 or MI6 – I wasn’t too fussy. I have a Diploma in Body Language which I did when I was 16, but like you see that did not really help in terms of becoming a spy.

Firstly I was mainly self-taught, then I had the opportunity to do an apprenticeship within IT with Capgemini. I was then head-hunted by Fujitsu for a Second line support role, which then progressed to becoming a Field Engineer.

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Lauren MacKay, Ground Security Operative,  Benbecula Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been doing this for the last 4 years. The first 2 years I was full time, and then part time (zero hours) after.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

When I was at school I wanted to join the police. In my final year I realised I no longer wanted to do this but wasn’t sure what else I was interested in doing, but I knew I wanted to stay on the island.

I got a job as a trainee dental nurse on a fixed term contract and enjoyed it, but as my time there was coming to an end I started looking for other jobs locally. I saw a vacancy for a Ground Security Operative at Benbecula Airport and decided to apply. I then worked here full time for 2 years, and during this time helped my dad to build stables for my horses. I enjoyed this so much that I decided to pursue a career in the construction industry and so moved to Glasgow to do Quantity Surveying at City of Glasgow College. Now I’m in Glasgow I fly back during my days off and during my holidays to provide relief cover.

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Louisa Saunders, Clerical Assistant, Dundee Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I first started working for HIAL at Dundee Airport in January 2017.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I have a passion for flying and my dream job at school was to work in the skies as cabin crew and travel around the world exploring.  I studied travel and tourism at school and became fascinated even more with the thought of working in the travel industry.

I had a strong background in customer service and good experience in dealing with the public. Dundee Airport was my first formal interview I’d had and I was so grateful to be given the opportunity I have.  In the future I would like to work as cabin crew as it is something I have always aspired to do.

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Fraser Tait, Firefighter, Wick John O’Groats Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I started in September 2017.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I did Higher PE in high school and then went to Edinburgh for a year to do a HNC in fitness, health and exercise, and if I wasn’t doing this I would probably be a PE teacher.

After my time in Edinburgh I was a lifeguard at Wick swimming pool for 3 years before I applied for the job as a firefighter at the airport. Once I was offered the job I had to go off and do a five week initial course in Aberdeen, followed by a lot of local onsite specific training.

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