Jamie from Ashton Under Lyne was struggling to find employment after school (Hartshead Sports College) and going on to gain IT qualifications. After trying to find suitable employment for a few years without success, he decided to offer his skills on a voluntary basis. Just a few weeks after starting voluntary work at Stoneleigh, the Head Teacher offered him an Apprenticeship route which was great news for Jamie.
Jamie was taken on as an Apprenticeship at Stoneleigh, the primary school arm of the Oldham College family. He recently completed a BTEC Level 3 in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals through the College. What he really enjoys is “working with people that get the most out of the day and strive to make the school a better place.” He has also really enjoyed learning new IT skills by being in the workplace.
Jamie describes a typical day in the life of an Apprentice at Stoneleigh: “Today a staff member requested a new app for the iPads that they wanted to use whilst in class. I installed the app onto 30 of our devices whilst updating the apps we currently have so we have the latest versions. Later that morning we had an issue with a printer in one of the classrooms. After inspecting the printer it turned out that the IP Address had been changed so this needed to be reverted to what it was previously which solved the matter. In the afternoon I went to Oldham College to take a backup of the school server that is kept externally and updated every week. Towards the end of the day, a teacher asked me to add some content onto our school’s website. The teacher had put together a collection of photos and videos that they wanted to go on their class page so I uploaded that for them.”
After 18 months of working at Stoneleigh, Jamie has progressed from providing voluntary IT support, to an IT Apprentice and is now a fully-fledged IT technician. Now aged 23, Jamie couldn’t recommend the Apprenticeship route enough compared to just going to college. “Apprenticeships are so much more forward thinking. They are an ideal scenario to gain work based experience whilst getting paid and obtaining qualifications at the same time. My job at Stoneleigh is going fantastically well and I’m really pleased with my success.”
Jamie continues: “I’ll never forget the sense of accomplishment when I completed my apprenticeship. With my full time position at Stoneleigh Academy I now want to continue to make strides in improving myself and IT at the school.”
For anyone considering taking on an apprenticeship, Jamie suggests that they put 100% effort into every task, appreciate the job that they have been given and don’t take it for granted and put in the extra mile to show your employers that you are keen.
Whilst working full time, Jamie is also studying part time for a Computer networking degree at Bradford College. He hopes that will help him progress to a more advanced senior IT role in the future. Jamie has also set up an after school Programming club at Stoneleigh Academy which he hopes to progress further in the next year or so.
- Former Pupil of: Hartshead Sports College
- Course: BTEC Level 3 in Professional Competence for IT
- Faculty: Digital and Creative
- Future: IT
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