Four apprentices at Solihull College & University Centre have progressed well whilst on their course and are now ready to take on the next level.
The computing apprentices started their level 3 apprenticeships in ICT Professional Competence last year at the College after deciding that an apprenticeship was the best route for them. Sean Baker, James Sheehan, Jacob Nock and Sam Whitehouse all agreed that an apprenticeship could offer a number of positives to their career progression. Sam commented “Apprenticeships offer a different route from universities.” James added “you can gain experience and earn at the same time.”
Sean, James and Sam are completing their apprenticeships at Babcock International whilst Jacob is completing his programme at Blackberry Design. All of the apprentices work in a range of exciting and varied roles in a number of departments across their businesses including the support and service team, graphic design, web development and project management.
The apprentices complete work in college as well as working in the computing industry and are currently on target to completing their Higher National Certificate (HNC) in May. All four of the apprentices are now working towards their level 4 ICT Professional Competence Apprenticeships in their respective companies with Solihull College & University Centre and will progress to gain their Higher National Diploma (HND) in due course. This could potentially lead on to the Top-Up degree allowing all of the apprentices the chance to earn a full degree whilst at Solihull College & University Centre.
The apprentices have worked extremely hard both at the College and within their companies to progress to the next level. Chas Jarvis, computer lecturer at Solihull College & University Centre, worked with Sean, James, Jacob and Sam throughout their level 3 qualification. Chas commented: “Working with Sam, James, Sean and Jacob has been an absolute pleasure. I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished at Solihull College & University Centre. They are a testament to what hard work and dedication can bring you on an Apprenticeship in partnership with fantastic employers. I wish them all the best of luck on progressing onto their Level 4 Apprenticeship.”
All four of the apprentices felt they have received great support whilst on their programme, which will continue into their next year. Sean Baker commented “As our tutor Chas has great knowledge and as I work in a service role which is similar to the experience Chas has, it was helpful to be able to relate back to my role at Babcock.”
Jacob added “I would recommend an apprenticeship. I believe it is more important to gain industry experience as well as a qualification rather than simply good grades. When applying for jobs employers look for experience and you can gain this with an apprenticeship.”
Sean, James, Jacob and Sam will be completing their level 4 apprenticeships over the next 18 months, gaining yet more knowledge and experience within the computing industry, allowing them to progress within their careers.