As it’s National Apprenticeship Week in the UK we would like to introduce you to some of our excellent apprentices, starting with John.
Hi, my name is John and I am an IT Technical Apprentice at Turbo Power Systems based in Gateshead.
What did you do before you joined TPS?
Before I joined TPS I was working part time as a leisure attendant whilst also studying a level 3 course in IT with the aim of getting an apprenticeship at the end of it.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship over other options available to you?
Apprenticeships offer an excellent opportunity to gain the valuable practical experience needed to learn how IT systems work in the business environment rather than focusing solely on a theoretical perspective. Working with industry used programs outside of the classroom better prepares you for the job ahead. In addition to allowing you to take a different view on the educational parts of the apprenticeship, it is far easier to apply the theoretical knowledge provided in the classroom whilst you are working on those systems every day. The monetary aspect of an apprenticeship is also a great benefit; having a university degree paid for you by the company, whilst also earning some extra money is definitely a bonus!
Why did you want to work in this sector and what led you to TPS?
I was lucky enough to have been referred to TPS by an existing employee. When I did some research into TPS, I realised that they were an innovative company who use complex IT software on a daily basis and this really appealed to me. IT is an integral part of day-to-day life here and so there is never a dull day for our IT team!
What does a typical day look like for you at TPS?
One thing is for sure, I very rarely have 2 days the same, some days can lead to constantly moving from issue to issue and other days the IT systems will just work.
My core day-to-day activities include:
- IT Support;
- Observing core systems;
- Ensuring that users are licensed correctly;
- Preparing IT equipment for new starters and leavers;
- Continuously improving our ERP (Epicor) system.
What advice would you give to school leavers who aren’t sure what their next steps are?
If I could give 1 piece of advice it would be to try your best to get some work experience in the area that you are interested in working in, in both in large and small companies. Work experience gives you the opportunity to make sure that you will enjoy the career path you are looking at, choosing a career is not an easy decision, don’t forget this potentially what you will do for years to come. Apprenticeships are great for this.