Solihull College & University Centre apprentice Corey Roache has successfully landed himself a job in the IT industry straight after completing his apprenticeship.
After finishing at 6th Form Corey, from Great Barr in Birmingham, began to study towards his degree in Graphic Design and shortly after decided that this was the not the best route for him to take. Corey received advice from his brother, who had completed an apprenticeship in IT and recommended Corey follow in his footsteps as it was a great option. Corey researched into apprenticeships and decided as he was new to IT, that this would be a promising option for him as he would be able to learn the skills he needed, gain industry experience and also earn at the same time.
Corey began his apprenticeship at Solihull College and worked in Washwood Heath Academy in the IT support team as part of his apprenticeship. Corey commented “I really enjoyed working at Washwood Heath and I particularly enjoyed the practical side of my learning at college. I was able to apply what I had learnt in college to my workplace and see the explanation behind what I was doing.”
Corey worked extremely hard on his apprenticeship which was noted by his tutors as they saw his confidence grow dramatically. Rachel Fisken, IT Assessor at Solihull College & University Centre commented: “Corey has been an exemplary apprentice with an incredibly conscientious attitude to both his work and his study. His hard work and commitment have paid off and on completion of his apprenticeship he has now secured a well-deserved job opportunity. It has been a real pleasure to work with Corey and I wish him every success for the future.”
After completing his 13 month apprenticeship Corey began looking for employment and it didn’t take him long to land a job in the computing industry. Corey was snapped up by IT specialists Reapit; Reapit create software for estate agents and he is now a service control analyst working in the change management team. Corey is enjoying his new role and working hard to impress his new employers, which he is doing successfully.
Corey feels that his apprenticeship was definitely the right path to follow as he adds “I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship programme; you’re able to learn and get work experience at the same time which allows you to determine which part of the industry you would like to work in.
“I was supported greatly at Solihull College, especially by my tutor Rachel who went out of the way to help me succeed. The careers service at the College is also great as they helped me when I was looking for employment after my apprenticeship.”
Corey is now looking forward to his bright future in the IT industry and exploring the different routes he can take.
Many other students have also been successful both within their apprenticeships and with gaining employment post-apprenticeship. Apprenticeships allow students, such as those at Solihull College & University Centre, not only to achieve a recognised qualification but also to gain valuable work experience which puts them ahead significantly when looking for employment. With apprenticeships available in many different industries it is a route that many students find beneficial.
For more information on apprenticeship opportunities visit the apprenticeship page or call 0121 678 7181 or visit the campuses on their open evenings on 19th and 20th April.