Sumit’s role as an IT apprentice at Siemlus has given him the chance to travel to destinations across Europe.
Since he started at the technology solutions provider last year, he has been on work trips away to Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris and Stockholm. Along the way he has been installing structured data cabling, WiFi systems and re-cabling server cabinets in hotels.
His manager, Antony Ward, discusses the benefits of bringing a new apprentice into a business, and the positive effect that it can have on a team:
“Because we’re a small company, taking on an apprentice has alleviated a lot of tasks and it’s helped us with growth. It’s broadened our knowledge and horizons and we can see apprentices having a future with our company.”
The range of services offered by Siemlus is vast, so it would be a steep learning curve for any new person coming in to the business. Sumit has taken this challenge in his stride, and as such his IT skills have improved greatly over the course of his apprenticeship. The combination of Baltic’s online training as well as on the job experience has been a perfect way for him to find his feet across many areas of the business.
“Sumit’s general IT skills have improved greatly over the course of his apprenticeship. This has been helped a lot by doing the exams and courses with Baltic, but also from being hands-on in the office or offsite. He’s been thrown in the deep end and we’ve given him a lot of responsibility, but he’s picked it up really quickly. He’s a fast learner, he’s confident, and he’s always willing to give things a try.”
Like many employers, Siemlus were initially sceptical about apprenticeships. But since they decided to take Sumit on, they haven’t looked back.
“Working with Baltic has definitely taught us a lot in terms of what taking on an apprentice actually involves. Rather than paying a lot of money for them to do a course, you can get them in as an apprentice and the training is paid for by the government. They can learn and gain experience whilst they are on the job.”
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