NAW2018 – Learners celebrate opportunities given by tech apprenticeships with #MyTechStory
Earlier on in the week, in celebration of NAW2018, we took a trip down memory lane with the GoThinkBig project. On this Friday afternoon, we look further back, on another great campaign, My Tech Story, which gave young people the chance to share their tech career journeys.
With the spotlight still very much on apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, and on the ways to get into a tech career, the stories shared through My Tech Story are still very relevant today.
From software testing to CRM support consultancy, the skills apprentices learn through an apprenticeship can pave the way for a tech professional career, and with ¾ of apprentices earning a full time job at the end of their training, it’s no wonder the apprentices who shared their stories were enthusiastic.
‘The work experience in my apprenticeship gave me the confidence and the skills to do my job, while the qualifications provided the supporting knowledge,’ said NCFE apprentice Chelsea Dryden. Chelsea started an apprenticeship as a software tester though the Rising Stars Academy, an initiative set up to tackle the skills shortage of IT workers in the North East. She applied after leaving secondary school, keen to explore options outside of more traditional education routes. ‘I’ve had some amazing opportunities and I’m only 17 years old. If you go to school or college, you don’t really get the hands on experience you need.’
John Lewis apprentice Ellie made the most of her 18-month training. She said her apprenticeship gave her the confidence to grow technically and present her ideas and knowledge to others in the workplace. ‘It taught me to always strive to do the best for myself and the business in which I work,’ she said.
The apprentices who shared their stories are all agreed that they are happy they chose their route into a tech career. Many embarked on a degree apprenticeships, including some who chose to work towards a degree after first completing a level 2 or 3 apprenticeship.
When faced with making a decision on her career path, Heather was offered both a place on the IBM Apprenticeship programme and a place to study for the ITMB (IT Management for Business Degree) at Glasgow Caledonian. She managed to combine the two with a degree apprenticeship, and is now working as a Senior Technical Consultant. ‘Overall, I really did get the best of both worlds’ said Heather.
For more success stories, go to My Tech Story