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Invotra is supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Invotra is proudly taking part in National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW 2020) from 3 to 9 February 2020. This year the theme for the week is ‘Look Beyond’, supporting the aims of the Fire It Up campaign in reaching out to and showcasing diversity in apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week 3 to 7 February 2020

Apprenticeship Week events at Invotra

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Apprenticeship Breakfast

We are delighted to be attending the Apprenticeship breakfast hosted by the AAN – Apprenticeship Ambassador Network at Brooklands, Weybridge. Our CPO, CFO, Founder Alison Galvin will be giving a talk as an award winning apprentice employer of the year! In addition our Sales and Technical apprentices will be sharing their experiences of working in the apprenticeship sector and how the apprentices enhance the business and they will be joined by aprentices from Aquiva, including Surrey’s first ever Architectural Apprentice.

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Ask the Employer 4th Feb 12-2pm

We are joining the #AskAnEmployer Q&A on Twitter, taking place from 12 to 2pm on Thursday 6 February. We’ll be taking questions and offering all the advice we can on how to get the best from an apprentice employer.

Apprenticeship 'bites'

Our experience as apprentice employers and as apprentices has allowed our team to offer advice and guidance to other companies and individuals considering taking part in the apprenticeship scheme themselves. These ‘bite-size’ videos might answer some key questions you may have, and offer an insight into life as an Invotra apprentice and the opportunities this brings. 

Meet our apprentices

Case studies from our team of inspiring, trail blazing apprentices

Billy has been with Invotra since he joined in 2011 as one of our very first apprentices. He is now our Project Manager, leading a team of 5 and is about to undertake the Level 6 Chartered Management Institute Degree.

Read Billy’s case study

Nqobile Dube started at iO1 during May of 2011 as a Software Development apprentice. Before he went ahead with his apprenticeship, Nqobile was actually already in university studying Computing. However, he felt that an apprenticeship would be a much better path to take.

Read Nqobile’s case study

Jamie joined Invotra as a software development apprentice in December 2013. He relished the opportunities working at Invotra offered and is now Invotra’s Key Accounts Manager. He is also looking forward to starting the Level 4, 5 & 6 Chartered Management course in May this year.

Read Jamie’s case study

Edward is surprised by the path his career has taken after expecting to go to university. However, having experience in both university and apprenticeships he really rate the benefits of both; and encourages people to research all of the different avenues that they can take.

Read Edward’s case study

Luke always knew an apprenticeship was the best option for him, with the idea of learning whilst working really appealing. He is really grateful to his colleagues at Invotra who have always been more than happy to help him reach his goals.

Read Luke’s case study

Before Niall began his apprenticeship he had already undertaken part of a degree in Chemical Engineering. Dissatisfied with his experience at university he decided to start an apprenticeship with Invotra, which has allowed him to study a new subject, without the drawback of paying yearly university fees.

Read Niall’s case study

Ben started his current course after 2 years already working at Invotra, having finished a level 3 in software development. The idea of being able to do a degree while continuing to progress in his career at Invotra was extremely appealing to him.

Read Ben’s case study

Shona had been impressed by the obvious support for apprenticeships within the company, and how proud Invotra is of how they champion apprenticeships. She is delighted that impression turned to reality and  is now certain she made the right decision in chosing an apprenticeship.

Read Shona’s case study

Max really enjoyed his apprenticeship experience as it gave him the opportunity to meet and work with other people who were following a similar career path. He feels working and studying with Invotra gave him the experience and opportunity to further shape the direction his career will take.

Read Max’s case study

Scott decided on pursuing an apprenticeship as he felt that it would be a great way to get real-world experience, whilst also allowing him a “stepping stone” into progressing in his studies.

Read Scott’s case study

Jack had always wanted to get into software development having been fascinated by technology. He wanted to get a job where his ideas could make a difference, and that’s one of the reasons why he joined Invotra. 

Read Jack’s case study

Ryan has recently completed his Level 4 apprenticeship, and is working in our QA team. He has really valued all the experience and knowledge the team at Invotra have shared with him and is excited about the future.

Read Ryan’s case study

Having always found difficulty with the rigidity of the learning structure in school and college, the idea of being able to learn by practical application, and to learn in a way where he would be able to see the impact of the work he was doing in a real-world scenario, was something which set apprenticeships apart for Jake.

Read Jake’s case study

Georgia is really enjoying her apprenticeship which has introduced her to amazing people who she has had the privilege of working with and learning from while being able to work. At the same time she knows she is working towards a qualification and experiencing new and varied challenges all the time.

Read Georgia’s case study

Miller is delighted to be on the apprentic path working towards your career goals as well as earning and establishing himself in an organisation. Having believed that apprenticeships only specialised in plumbing or electricians and other trades he has been impressed by the limitless choices of apprenticeships you can go to.  

Read Miller’s case study

Louis James

Louis James

Louis has really valued meeting many other apprentices at Invotra and in other organisations. With over half the Invotra workforce having been apprentices themselves he has found an incredibly helpful and supportive atmosphere that is helping him achieve his aspirations.

Read Louis’s case study

"Invotra has put their trust in me to really get involved with their business and that means a lot. I’d recommend others to look into apprenticeships as a real alternative to start their career!"
Winner of 'Apprentice of the Year' National SME Business Awards 2017
Andrew Doyle

Last year's Apprenticeship Week events at Invotra

In 2019 our apprentices took part in various National Apprenticeship Week events. Our highlights were a visit from Anne Milton MP and Keith Smith, and our visit to the House of Commons for QA’s “A celebration of Apprenticeships”.

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP visited Invotra

The Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, and Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency visited Invotra on Friday 8 March to meet apprentices, view our digital accessibility testing lab and celebrate International Women’s Day by witnessing a cross-site scripting attack by Chelsea Cadd, one of the few female apprentices studying towards a cyber security qualification in the UK.

Find out more about this and other events during National Apprenticeship Week

Sharon Hodgson MP at the NAW event in the House of Commons

QA apprenticeship event with MP Sharon Hodgson

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Invotra was invited by QA and MP Sharon Hodgson to share our experiences of the success of our apprenticeship programme with other apprentices and leading voices from the apprenticeship sector.

Find out more about QA’s “A celebration of Apprenticeships”

Talk to us about apprenticeships

Simply complete the details form below to chat with a member of the team about our apprenticeship scheme. We can answer any questions you have about how the scheme works for us as an organisation and about opportunities for working with Invotra.