UK National Apprentice Week, between 5th-9th of March, gives employers and individuals across England the opportunity to celebrate the success of apprenticeships. At Air-IT we are proud of our strong record of developing and retaining talented young individuals into successful and valuable IT professionals.
National Apprentice Week: The Air IT Apprentices, past and present
At Air IT we have always had an eye for talent and a desire to develop and retain great people. We believe that our employees are the future because without the very best team we could not provide our award-winning IT and Communication services. Apprenticeships are an excellent path for young people to undertake on the job learning that cannot be taught in a classroom. As a company, we have seen incredible success with apprentices past and present living the Air IT vision and values from the get go – so what better time to celebrate them than National Apprentice Week?
Our apprentices are highly valued in the workplace and soon find themselves working alongside experienced technicians while undertaking on the job training. Air IT’s Managing Director, James Healey says:
Air IT is not the sort of company who use apprentices as a form of cheap labour. Sadly, there are examples where this does happen. On the contrary, we have long seen the value of investing in young people through a companywide structure of support and certification. This is reflected in the development and success of former Air IT apprentices who are now integral, valued members of the team who play a vital role in the success of the company overall.
Impressive progression for Josh
Service Desk Manager, Josh Turner was invited to interview for an apprenticeship with Air IT back in 2011 when his CV impressed CEO Todd McQuilkin. The combination of Josh’s talent, drive and determination coupled with support, training and encouragement from Air IT saw him rapidly rise to a role as Acting Service Delivery Manager. Josh was later recognised by the East Midlands Chamber for their ‘Young Person in Business Award’ for Nottinghamshire and later the region in 2015. Prior to that he was named as a finalist in the 2012 Nottingham Post Business Awards for the ‘Apprentice of the Year Award’ and the highly sought after ‘Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Award’ which recognises Microsoft-backed apprentices in the development of their workplace skills and experience. Today Josh supports the growing service delivery department heading up the daily operations of our IT support services. Long term, he aspires to a career with Air IT as Service Delivery Manager. Josh says the best thing about working for Air IT is: ‘The people! We have a great team here that makes it a pleasure to come to work.’
Service desk rising stars
Over the past few years we have seen the addition and progression of some fantastic new IT talent including…
Centralised Services Engineer David Mear has been interested in IT since the age of 6! He joined us as a Workshop Apprentice in 2012 and has seen huge growth in the company since then. He says: ‘(I) want to assist in shaping and growing the team and to gain more responsibility within the department.’ Since completing his apprenticeship, David has progressed through the ranks to a number of roles including Workshop Engineer and 1st line Service Desk Engineer before settling in to his current role as Centralised Services Technician. We are certain that David’s aspirations for the future will be achieved.
Distinction IT student Liam Hull was looking for a forward-thinking company when he decided to pursue a career in the industry in 2014. Lucky for us, Air IT fitted the bill! Liam now enjoys supporting clients with their day to day IT support needs and recently received a promotion from 1st line Service Desk Engineer to 2nd line Service Desk and On-site Engineer, allowing him to fulfil his interest in the more technical aspect of the job. He says, ‘You will always learn something new every day… Air IT have the best work ethics and there are so many career opportunities, where your skills and expertise can develop’
Whilst looking for a career in IT, Ryan Atherton discovered what he calls ‘a wonderful opportunity’ as a Workshop Apprentice at Air IT. Since joining the company in 2015, Ryan has gone on to complete his studies and is continuing to develop his skills and enjoy his role as Workshop Engineer and looks forward to seeing what the future holds! Ryan says: ‘We’re one big happy family and I’ve made plenty of friends while working here.’
Ed Bowley joined the team last year and completed his apprenticeship in record speed. Now a qualified 1st line Service Desk Engineer Ed says he enjoys ‘working with a team that’s always willing to help each other out’ and that the Air IT service desk is ‘the perfect environment for an apprentice’ because of the day to day exposure he has to new challenges alongside the opportunity to learn from experienced IT professionals. Furthermore, Ed has recently taken on the role as champion of developing and creating the knowledge base for our self-service area in our IT support portal, Service Hub.
New talent with a bright future
Max Taylor is our latest Service Desk Apprentice joining the company just last July following the company’s relocation to Sandiacre. Quick to settle in, Max is now learning the skills necessary to provide the support and service at a level our clients have come to expect. With a strong track record of success, we are proud of the part that Max and all our apprentices in years gone by have played in our journey as a leading Managed Service Provider to date.