This year the theme for the week is ‘build the future’; how apprenticeships can help develop the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career, and how businesses, like our own, can develop talented workforce with future-ready skills.
Case studies from our team of current inspiring apprentices, building for the future of Invotra
44% of the Invotra workforce came through the apprenticeship scheme
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.