Iain started his working life as a school lab technician before going on to work in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. Iain worked as an analytical chemist working for SmithKline Beecham and Pfizer testing various products such as the TCP antiseptic range. One of his job roles was as a trainer working with work experience students and new trainees. Iain loved working with individuals helping them settle into their new working environment and developing their analytical skills.
When given the opportunity to work again with individuals delivering the new trailblazer apprenticeships he jumped at the chance and gained his QCF (NVQ) Assessor qualification November 2016. Iain is delighted to be joining Youthforce helping them to deliver their apprenticeship programs. Iain is looking forward to helping each apprentice to reach their personal goals as they start their career journey.
Outside of work, Iain likes watching films and getting out to watch live music.
What’s it like to work at Youthforce?
“I think Youthforce is very progressive. We use technology and constantly develop the way education is delivered. It is an efficient, enjoyable and engaging company.
My role at Youthforce is to deliver NVQ courses and lab standard apprenticeships. I also meet with learners to complete observations and talk to them to see how their apprenticeship is going. Sometimes I work from home, dealing with admin activities such as checking emails, assessing, making plans for future visits, and meeting learners and employers. I can be away for two to three days to see learners. This is time efficient and I can make sure everything is achieved when I am away. It’s a juggling act and schedules can always change.
I love working with learners. They are all different and have different challenges. I love learning from them and getting to know what they do. I nurture them and help to support them.
Before I started at Youthforce I worked as a technician at a school. I then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. I tested raw materials, trained new starters. I also worked on a government initiative in Kent involving E-learning. I then worked in care for 5 years, where I would take people out for walks and other activities. In 2015, life wasn’t great. But in 2016 a friend contacted me; he said they needed NVQ assessor, I jumped at the chance. I loved the social side of the role; working with people, listening to what they have to say, you should never lose your enthusiasm. I love interacting with people.”
– Iain Buchanan