When 22-year-old Peter Lawson from Hartlepool joined Unasys two years ago, it was his first job since leaving college.
Peter worked in an office role at the company and also took part in a year-long apprenticeship programme to build his business administration skills - his first step into building his career with the progressive Middlesbrough company.
“My experience was very positive and, at the end of the year, I emerged with an NVQ Level 2. This gave me the confidence to embark on another apprenticeship – my second – this time in IT skills. I am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity, too, and looking forward to adding to my formal qualifications.
“I am dedicating my own time to study, too, but ultimately I will benefit from all the hard work,” he added. “My employer also sees the advantages of me increasing my skills, and so have been very supportive.”
Peter is working alongside apprenticeship provider Ingeus, which monitors his progress, ensures he is kept on track, and helps him complete all the modules he needs to be awarded an NVQ.
“Peter has a passion for computing and, being a digital company, we’re keen to help him develop and then embrace all the knowledge he will have acquired,” added office manager Fiona Johnston. “We are actively encouraging him to succeed because it’s helping him personally and contributes to our business. We’re a small company and everybody is visible in what they do. Peter is no exception and so the more he can learn the better it is for him and for us.”
“When I left college I knew I wanted to work rather than continue studying full time and my apprenticeships have given me the best of both worlds,” said Peter. “I am earning money and contributing to my upkeep, but also building a future for myself, which is very rewarding.”
For more information about apprenticeships and how they might work for you, please go to http://www.ingeus.co.uk/training