HML IT Apprentice Completes Level 3
It’s National Apprenticeship Week! From 6th-10th March, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of NAW and the success of apprenticeships since 2007.
Here at Hayward Miller, we believe in giving young people a chance to grow, to start their career on the right track and to learn while doing it. We appreciate the importance of a good education, but we also know that full-time education post-16 isn’t for everyone. The great thing about an apprenticeship is that it still gives people the chance to attend college and to spend time with their peers, whilst still earning money and gaining on-the-job experience.
We have taken on three apprentices in the past two years, across IT and Business Administration. It seems fitting that in National Apprenticeship Week, one of our apprentices, Georgia McGhee received her Level 3 Certificate for ‘Advanced Level Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals’. The picture below shows Georgia (IT Technician), being awarded her certificate by Managing Director Andrew Hayward and Line Manager Laurel Deegan. Georgia has already begun working towards her Level 4 apprenticeship, which is a foundation degree. Upon completing her Level 3, Georgia said she feels proud, “I have learnt a lot over the past 12 months and gained new skills which will be key for my future in IT. I am now excited and ready for the challenge of Level 4.
We have written before about the importance of apprenticeships, including how MD Andrew Hayward began his career as an engineering apprentice at Honeywell Aerospace and Defence. He now runs three successful businesses, after moving up the ladder, from engineering, through to sales and business development. One of our other apprentices, Sophie, is also progressing well and has been called a ‘star student’ by her tutor! She came first in a college treasure hunt exercise, as pictured below. Sophie is currently doing a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship and is considering her options for Level 3.
According to the Skills Funding Agency, there has ‘never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an apprenticeship’, with almost 900,000 apprenticeships undertaken in the 2015-16 academic year. Laurel, who is a Line Manager for both Sophie and Georgia, believes that apprentices can help businesses in a number of ways. “Young people coming into the business provide a fresh set of eyes. They have new ways of looking at things, and can also bring knowledge back from their sessions at college. I have found that apprentices are very willing to learn, as they have usually just come from school, so they are used to having to absorb a lot of information. I am very proud of our apprentices and it’s great whenever I hear positive feedback about them from their tutors.”
We give our congratulations to Georgia on her achievement and look forward to seeing her progress with her Level 4 and beyond.
Written By Laurel Deegan