Rebecca’s Story

I never wanted to pick the same subjects as my friends or that, I always wanted to try something different. Our 3rd year at school, they opened up General Education, where you done all different types of technology and engineering was one that was brought in.

As an apprentice, we help the people who make the swan necks or the body of the still. The fact that they're male dominated, I think it can be quite intimidating, but I wouldn't not apply for a job, or I wouldn't not do something I wanted to do just because not a lot of girls do it - that's never been the way I've thought about things.

The stills we make here in Diageo Abercrombie go all over Scotland. When we first started, we must have went to about 6 or 7 different distilleries up north and you kinda got to learn more about what you do in your job. You could have your good days and you have your bad days and it all kinda pays off at the end when you see the finished piece.

The thing I love most about Scotland would probably be the scenery. I've started to realise that there's actually a lot of nice things here that I'd like to go and see and places that I've not been to yet that I would love to go and see as well and hopefully see different distilleries along the way.

Scotland is a good place for young people, there's loads of different opportunities: university, apprenticeships, college - whatever you want to do. I'm proud to be the first female coppersmith in Scotland. It's a stepping stone to get other girls involved. Why not come into an industry like this? Just because it's male-dominated...doesn't mean they can do the job better than you can!

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