A Computing apprentice from Solihull College & University Centre is celebrating after winning Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Solihull Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Awards 2019.
Richard Scott, 25 from South Yardley, chose an Apprenticeship in IT after taking a chance on a career change. He already had a degree in theatre but decided on the change having always been interested in the computing world.
After seeing the apprenticeship advertised, he was connected with Solihull School through the College and began as an ICT Technician on an 18-month apprenticeship. Richard finished the apprenticeship in July and after impressing his employers was offered the role of ICT Technician permanently.
“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship” Richard states. “In terms of studying I am really self-motivated. It was a learning role and I felt very supported. It was a huge compliment for me to find out that my tutor submitted me for an award. This validated what I had hoped – that this was the right career move for me.”
Tutor Rachel Fiskin who nominated Richard is equally proud of his success: “Richard’s decision to retrain in the field of IT, despite having a degree in a different discipline was both courageous and inspiring. His aptitude for IT was apparent from the outset and he worked diligently throughout his apprenticeship, maximising every opportunity to develop his skillset as well as producing outstanding work at all times.”
Richard found out he had been awarded the title of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at the awards ceremony on October 17th!
The event took place at the Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel and recognises individuals, community organisations and businesses in the local area.