IT apprentices look to net great careers
A partnership between The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) and IT firm risual is providing apprentices with the tech skills to succeed in the digital world.
Jonathan Hood, Joseph Taylor and Fahim Ahmed are all apprentices on a Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme at King’s College London where they work in IT support, having gained their initial skills on Level 2 computing courses at CONEL.
They are also among the first apprentices of the College’s new risual Academy, which was officially launched in November. Alongside offering apprentices with risual and its partners, the Academy also boasts a new cutting edge Microsoft Showcase Classroom equipped with the latest computer technology, and will also offer skills and employability workshops throughout the year.
With Britain’s IT workforce expected to grow by 39% by 2030, Apprenticeships are a great way to gain paid work experience and learn the skills needed to get ahead in this fast-moving and exciting industry.
Jonathan, 18, said: “I’ve always wanted to study IT at the highest level but couldn’t clearly identify where I need to start or what to study. I must say, studying IT at CONEL helped me acquire a range of IT skills and build my confidence.
“The tutors are very helpful; providing me with all necessary resources and tools and going the extra mile to ensure I get the best possible result. I would certainly recommend studying at CONEL. It is a platform for anyone looking to study at the highest level.”
CONEL is in the process of training all its teaching staff to become qualified as Microsoft Certified Educators (MCEs) to increase digital skills across the College.
Joseph, 18, said: “I have always had an interest in the ICT industry, especially within the networking aspects of IT. Enrolling at CONEL on the Level 2 Systems Support course has provided me with many chances and options within the ICT pathway.
“This was one of the reasons why I choose this course as it provided me with challenges that intrigued me, and I have now progressed to Level 3 Apprenticeship course.”
Fahim, 17, added: “I believe Apprenticeships provide more paths to your end goal, as you can go from apprentice to permanent role, or go onto university with the Level 3 qualification. That is one of the reasons why I chose to go with this brilliant Apprenticeship.
“To be working at King’s College, a prestigious and historical university for my first ever job is just great.”
- Last Updated: 18 December 2017