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Apprenticeship Success Stories at Hugh Baird College

This week is Apprenticeship Week, nationally organised to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the impact they have on individuals. As part of this, each day we’ll be showcasing some of our apprenticeship and traineeship success stories.

We’re starting the week with an insight from one of our own College Governors…

Mark McManus
Business Development Manager
Microsoft

Mark was born in Bootle and went to school in Litherland. He was offered a motor vehicle apprenticeship at Terminal Transport Repairers just before leaving school, which resulted in a full time job as a mechanic at Terminal Transport. However, a discussion topic in an English class whilst on the apprenticeship highlighted another interest and eventually led Mark into the IT industry.

Mark explained:

“I was interested in mechanics when I was at school and the apprenticeship included studying towards City and Guilds qualifications in Motor Vehicle Technology at Hugh Baird College. During one of the English classes at the College, the teacher wanted us to discuss the impact the Microchip would have on our careers. None of us had even heard of the Microchip or considered the impact it may have on transport but the discussion raised my interest. It stayed with me and, as a result, five years later, I had taken a Business Computing course and began a career in IT.”
“Now, having worked as an IT Technician, System Engineer, IT Consultant and Support Manager in companies such as Tandy Computers, ICL, Novell, and now Microsoft, my jobs have taken me to the United States, Europe and Africa.”
“Although the motor vehicle apprenticeship I took didn’t lead directly into a career in IT, I do feel that many of the benefits I gained by doing an apprenticeship were crucial for my progression into industry. Regardless of the subject, I gained real-world experience and valuable employability skills. I learned how to put the theory from the City and Guilds course into action in the workplace and the apprenticeship delivered actual projects and work experience. All of this enhanced my CV and provided me with references and networking opportunities.”

An apprenticeship is a training programme designed to allow the learner to train within both an academic and true working environment. The main benefit of employing an apprentice is that the course allows them to begin work instantly whilst also improving their skill levels continuously. Apprentices can be integrated into an organisation whilst they study so that, on the completion of the course, they are fully prepared to become a well rounded and adapted member of staff.

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills from organisations operating within industry. Apprentices also receive training, usually on a day–release basis, towards nationally recognised qualifications.

For more information visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

If you would like to take on an apprentice or would like to enrol as one yourself contact our team:
Tel. 0151 353 4456
Email. enquiries-bdc@hughbaird.ac.uk

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