Congratulations to Matthew Ross from Unipres UK for being named October's Apprentice of the Month! He will be receiving £50 in high street vouchers.
" I have mentored Matthew for almost 12 months now and his progress in that time has surprised surpassed myself and my superior's expectations. His progress has been so rapid, the requirement for an experience developer has been diluted and the experience was such a success, we have re-evaluated our recruitment drive and are considering future apprentices. Matthew has the responsibility for 3 projects, which with support, he has implemented throughout the project life-cycle. I am confident enough for Matthew to self-manage the support of these systems and I'm pleased with his positive reaction to the added responsibility.
To summarise, when dealing with key personnel at such an early stage of his career (Managing Director, General Managers etc…) Matthew has seemed unfazed and extremely professional. The project was very well received and has became the platform for Matthew’s rapid progression.
Academically, Matthew has achieved distinctions across the first year of his apprenticeship and his success in the learning environment has been apparent when transferring skills learnt into his working environment. He has achieved learner of the week 3 out of 6 times this year, including a distinction with a score of 100% (UNIX fundamentals), a subject topic which, Matthew had no previous experience. This was a fantastic achievement.
We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone that nominated, please see below!
JORDAN HARRISON FROM LOWES FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT LTD
Jordan has automated a business critical web application and utilised several frameworks and languages to produce a prototype of a next generation replacement for a major component of our core infrastructure.
Furthermore, Jordan's willingness to embrace new technologies and legacy systems alike has further highlighted his steadfast determination and eagerness to learn. Jordan is an invaluable member of our development team and is a regular contact for members of other departments who require bug fixes or new functionality to be implemented.
Moreover, Jordan has dedicated a large amount of his time, to provide in depth knowledge to the two new apprentices, which has given them an excellent grounding in the intricacies of the business.
In addition, Jordan and I have recently collaborated on the creation of a new fund website, which is due to launch this month. Jordan has worked tirelessly on modifying both front-end and back-end code, which traverses several systems, tiers and databases. Developing throughout the full stack has required detailed knowledge of the whole system, as a result Jordan has a firm grasp of everything from the user interface styling to the code implementation of the messaging system. The scope of this level of understanding is exceptional and should not be overlooked.
Overall, Jordan's attitude to work and his outcomes have been exemplary. He is prepared to take on any task given to him and works well individually or as a team member. He has witnesses a huge transition in the development team and has risen to challenge. It is for these reasons that I wish give him the recognition he deserves and to nominate him for apprentice of the month.
AMELIA ROBERTSON FROM AVIVA
Amelia has been a great motivator for the rest of the team, her enthusiasm and interest in the overall business has been fantastic, she’s travelled out of Sheffield to optional events, the Digital CIO held in Norwich and the IT and Ops event in London. She won a competition based on observation at the IT and Ops event out of the 300 plus attendees and walked away with some chocolates.
She’s also been a huge help for my Diversity work for Women in Tech and Ada Lovelace Day, preparing communications for the wider business and gathering the relevant information from our technical team and writing their profiles. She has taken ownership of these tasks and produced a very high standard of output.
She has picked up additional Java and Scrum training from a new training provider that we are trialling in Digital and has sent through valuable feedback to the provider and to ourselves, whilst remained incredibly patient with the many teething issues. She worked from home on her own laptop in the evening to help resolve and analyse some access issues. This is all alongside the formal apprenticeship work and she really demonstrates a keen attitude to learning and team work. I’m so impressed with her and really happy we took on an apprentice.
HARRY CLARK FROM UTILITY BIDDER
Harry has made a big impact since working with us. He has made it his main aim to understand company operations and our line of business. He successfully relates this through to our customer base by creating fantastic info grams and news stories.
Harry goes out of his way to learn about the industry so he can look at ways to effectively market the business. He has great ideas of social media campaigns and is a natural at communicating to audiences on our pages – adapting the tone of voice for different viewers. He is naturally intelligent and this shines through in all his work.
Harry fits in well with our working environment and he now feels like he has been here for years. He gets stuck in to every task with tenacity and he is prepared to push the boundaries to get a job done.
Although Harry has only been with us just over 1.5 months it feels like he has been here a lot longer. It’s so refreshing to have a new starter join us with such an overwhelming desire to succeed. I know that I am able to give him a task and he will provide work that is way above my expectations as an apprentice. Harry needs recognising for this as it is clear his career is his end goal and wants to continue working up the ladder – he is great, and I look forward to continuing working with him throughout his time with us.
THOMAS WOODS FROM WIRRAL-NET LIMITED
At Wirral-Net Tom is a key part of our business, his attitude and work ethic is second to none he has really exceeded our expectations in every way.
Tom works with a number of different clients each day adapting to each and every scenario, he has a very good relationship with each of our clients and his technical ability has grown vastly over the last year.
With our new pricing structure we have taken a large number of clients on board in the last 12 months, Tom has been able to on board each and every client and provide training on how to use our ticketing software to make sure tickets are being logged correctly.
Tom is very passionate about his job and also the work he undertakes with us and Baltic, the support given to Tom from Baltic has been great and we couldn’t thank them enough for providing Tom with his apprenticeship.
Tom is very knowledgeable about the business and every tool used within our office, Tom also in his own time does research and looks more into our systems to utilise the tools given to him. We as a company are very proud of Tom and couldn’t thank him enough with the hard work and effort he puts in within Wirral-Net and we cannot wait to get him on his next course and watch him grow he is a real credit to the team.
MICHAEL BREAKSPEAR FROM BONGO IT
Michael is our first apprentice, and the first young person we have had to mentor. This was a big step for us, and a big risk. Since joining as an apprentice doing his level 3, and now having almost completed his level 4 Michael has become an ever more invaluable member of the team. Early on we saw sparks of astuteness and technical know-how which needed moulding for his use in the professional world, and now we are seeing all his hard work pay off for our business.
Michael very quickly got to grips with speaking to clients on the phone and using our systems to help troubleshoot their problems, quicker that much older adults (some with degrees) I have seen try to do the same thing. We often get clients saying to us how good Michael is, and how patient he is with them, and how lucky we are to have such an apprentice. He is extremely responsive with solving client issues, and is more than capable of rolling out the solutions we offer, and managing his time and that of others. Michael has managed a whole roll out of Intune to an important customer of 70 people virtually single handed. And, as I am now engaged in more networking than ever Michael is picking up the slack from me too.
When there is an urgent situation, Michael is on the case, and the rest of the time he has the perseverance to follow up on tricky support queries where the client is difficult to get hold of or hasn’t given us a clear indication of the issue. Michael's skills on the computer have vastly improved, and I suspect are on a par with my own now. His attitude and commitment, especially of late, have impressed us all, which is why we would like to nominate him for apprentice of the month.
Outside of his day job Michael has an active lifestyle but still manages to get his work done on time, and takes the time necessary to learn new material. Michael just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by the cover, and inside every person there is the ability to achieve at a high level if given the right opportunities.
EMILY WADE FROM SPORT BIRMINGHAM
Emily joined onto our Sport Birmingham team during our busiest time of the year and has shown a lot of enthusiasm and character when settling into her role as Digital Marketing Apprentice.
Emily continually supports our projects across digital platforms on a day to day basis with a keen passion for social media and the ability to use her own initiative to drive projects forward.
During the ‘Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival’ in the summer, Emily got the opportunity to put much of her learning from the apprenticeship into action in a high pressure environment. This included creating live posts and actively tagging in the right organisations and influences. This resulted in extended reach and engagement for the event.
Emily also takes lead on the Digital Marketing for one of our projects: MAD Birmingham. Key contributions have included in house production of a brand video as well as the growth of Instagram and other social media channels.
Emily has adapted well to her new surroundings and has gone from strength to strength during her apprenticeship, this has helped develop her personal confidence. She is passionate about learning new skills and her understanding of marketing and the organisation has improved throughout the apprenticeship.
Since joining the Internal IT team at Partnerize in October last year Jeevan has firmly established himself as a dependable, well respected member of the department.
He has taken an independent, reliable approach to all the tasks he has been assigned including:
- Taking ownership of all anti-virus alerts and ensuring they are dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner.
- Setting up and maintaining all meeting room space equipment across the entire office. This included creating a process documenting all tasks involved in the daily check of these spaces.
- Contributing several documents that are now used in our user facing knowledge base.
- Conducting an equipment audit which was complex task requiring a lot of attention to detail.
As well as Jeevan’s day-to-day work, he has also made time for his studies. In his spare time, including his own lunch break on occasion, Jeevan can usually be found at his desk working though practice exams or going through notes he has taken during a training session.
Jeevan has demonstrated a level of maturity and good humour well beyond his years and as a result is very highly thought of by everyone at Partnerize.
We firmly believe that for all the reasons above Jeevan deserves recognition as Apprentice of the Month.