A successful apprenticeship

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Meet Marvyn da Silva Santos our apprentice, I mean, our colleague. Marvyn started as a QA Apprentice here at Wazoku and after one year, he was offered a permanent position. Why is this so important? In a country where youth unemployment is a big issue that governments should be addressing – currently sitting at 16.6%, according to some of the latest statistics – and the cost of education, many youngsters are now finding other alternatives. According to some sources youth unemployment will not be solved by mere economic recovery, as such, is it also up to businesses to take some responsibility and help create opportunities for young people to get a headstart in the job market. We have done just that and Marvyn’s case proved to be a success, so good that we are hiring more apprentices.

 Why did you join the apprenticeship programme?

I joined the apprenticeship because I wanted to sharpen my skills and enter the IT sector. Due to the my qualifications when I finished college and tales told by people at or who left university, I was was put off from the whole idea of taking computer science as a degree.

What were your expectations and how were they met?

I was expecting an admin type role  cleaning cabinets with the promise that if I clean enough cabinets, I’d get to write emails (oh joy). Lucky this wasn’t the case and the apprenticeship went above and beyond. Salary was fair, I was doing work that could actually affect the company, my voice was heard and my opinions were respected. Outside of work I learned six new programming languages, I have built a Windows app using Visual Studio, set-up networks and created websites from scratch both with and without bootstrap.

What was the best thing about the apprenticeship?

For me the best thing was getting to the end of the year and looking back. All the skills I’ve gained, all the interesting people I’ve met and how much I learned about myself.

Would you recommend the programme to other people your age?

I would definitely recommend it to people my age but depending on the field they want to enter. If you’re into IT yes, if you’re into Law yes and if you’re into travelling on a camel dressed in leather while playing a ukulele… maybe (but don’t quote me on that).

If you don’t like the idea of debt collectors or University in general, try a apprenticeship. If you decide at the end that you still want to go to university, you can do it – it’s that simple. In fact, I dare say the qualifications gained from an apprenticeship are much more alluring to universities than the one gained from sixth form so it’s a win-win situation, really.

What advice would you give them in order to succeed?

Advice? Ego is now inflated. It’s going to be hard, all the empty Starbucks cups and Monster cans, all the hours better spent sleeping. All the cryptic information you have to memorise for an exam, only to find out on the day that the questions are even more cryptic than the information. At some point you will want to run and hide, you may even be going through it as you read this. My advice is stick to it You may gain a stress mark, you may go bald, you may break a nail, you might even have PTS by this point but stick to it. No one remembers the person who tried. Ask yourself, when was the last time you said such and such is a legend because they TRY so hard?

If you want to learn more about the IT Apprenticeship Marvyn has just completed, go to the Just IT website.

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