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I hope to transfer the skills that I have learnt throughout the apprenticeship and use them each day, North Uist Distillery will be moving into whisky production soon so I look forward to using the knowledge gained from the apprenticeship on that. 

Rachel Macdonald

 

 

What were you doing before you started your apprenticeship?

I went straight from school to work with North Uist Distillery and I was working there for a year and then started the apprenticeship once it launched as a new apprenticeship. 

What made you want to do your apprenticeship?

I’m really enjoying working in the distillery and always want to expand my knowledge in distilling and working with the stills on a daily basis.

How have you found your apprenticeship so far?

I haven’t been able to start it properly yet, because of Covid and other reasons but I am looking forward to getting started.

What tasks do you complete on an average day?

All aspects regards to gin production, charge the stills and put them on each day, cut points, make up botanical bags, preparing spirits for bottling, sometimes help out with bottling as well. Recipe production. Also studying an IBD course. 

 

What do you hope to do when you finish your apprenticeship?
I hope to transfer the skills that I have learnt throughout the apprenticeship and use them each day, North Uist Distillery will be moving into whisky production soon so I look forward to using the knowledge gained from the apprenticeship on that. 

What would you say to someone interested in the same apprenticeship?

I would tell them to go for it as there is lots of different modules you can choose to work through.

My apprenticeship had taught me... to take each opportunity as it comes.

My apprenticeship will give me... more knowledge about spirits and operations and let me understand each individual module clearly.