A Stirling teenager is set to complete Stirling Council’s first Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Creative and Culture, just in time for Christmas.
Gregor at Tollbooth

Based at the Tolbooth venue, Gregor Flynn (18) has spent the last 12 months supporting staff with events, recording, workshops and marketing.

After helping out with sound production at events when he was still in high school, Gregor went on to Forth Valley College to study sound production. During the first 18 months he also volunteered at the Tolbooth for one or two nights each week, and when the MA came up decided to pause his studies and apply.

He said: “I thought it was perfect for me so I went through the interview process and started in January 2016. As much as I love sound production, the apprenticeship involved other interesting aspects too, like looking after music workshops, planning and organising events, live sound engineering, studio work, radio recording and online marketing.

“I’ve been involved with lots of projects during my time here, including music workshops and live sound work, and I was in charge of sound at this year’s Strange Behaviours Festival which was really cool. The City Music Project on Friday nights is probably my favourite as I have more hands-on involvement and the skills of the young people who attend are amazing. It was through the workshops at the Tolbooth that I met the drummer I now work with on my own music, which is testament to how well the workshops work really. We do a DIY Press Collective too which aims to bring the Stirling music scene and Tolbooth together, which I’ve recorded some promo videos for in various locations around the City.

“I’ve learned a lot in my time here, it’s been really good fun I’ve absolutely loved it. and made some really good friends and have been given many great opportunities to improve my skills. I feel like this apprenticeship has helped to prepare me for my career going forward due to the amount of experience and new skills I have learned, as well as a big increase in confidence. I’m looking forward to going back to college to complete my qualification as they have some great kit and resources available.”

Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Convenor Neil Benny said: “Congratulations to Gregor for his achievement. This stuff is great to learn and hopefully will fit him well for a great career into the future. Stirling Council, as an employer, believes in training the next generation of talent and our recruitment and funding practices reflect this. Employers in Stirling have a good track record of training and development and we want Stirling Council to lead from the front in terms of the opportunities for our young people.”