We are extremely pleased to announce that Air-IT Support Technician, Josh Turner, reached the finals of this year’s Microsoft Apprentice of the year award.
Launched earlier in the year this prestigious national award recognises the achievements and outstanding success shown by the thousands of Microsoft-backed apprentices in developing their workplace skills and experience during 2012.
Josh Turner, Outside Houses of Parliament at Awards Ceremony
Josh joined Air-IT in June 2011 as part of the Microsoft Advanced IT Apprenticeship Scheme and has excelled in his position to become an integral and valuable member of our support team. We therefore felt he was a worthy contender for such an award.
Part of the Britain Works programme, Microsoft developed the IT Apprenticeship scheme as a way to help young people gain IT skills and employment. The scheme allows businesses to develop fully qualified Microsoft Certified IT Support Technicians as part of a structured training programme split between intense learning and integration into the workplace.
The apprenticeship is run over a period of 12 months and has allowed Josh to gain valuable experience working on the Air-IT Help Desk whilst gaining industry recognised qualifications that have provided the foundations to further develop his career in IT support.
The winners of the Awards were announced at a prestigious Parliamentary reception hosted by Microsoft held in the House of Commons on 3rd July.
Both Josh Turner and James Healey, Technical Director of Air-IT attended the awards ceremony which included a number of high profile delegates such as local MP’s and leading business figures along with the shortlisted apprentices / providers and training companies involved in the Britain Works programme.
Awards were presented to the winning attendees by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Minister of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions.
Unfortunately, Josh did not manage to win on this occasion and the overall prize was awarded to David Robertson from a London based company called Cloud9 Insight.
Despite not winning Josh was one of 20 shortlisted finalists that attended this high profile event. This is a major achievement in itself due to the thousands of entrants that were received for this prestigious competition.
We are extremely proud that Josh reached the finals of this national award which is a testament to all of his hard work, dedication and commitment whilst growing and developing in his role here at Air-IT.