Apprentice of the Month - November
Written on: 15 December 2017
Written by: Shae Dickman
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Congratulations to Nyle Kelk from Appstation for his continued hard work! He will be receiving £50 in high street vouchers.
I wish to nominate Nyle Kelk of Appstation Ltd, for apprentice of the month November 2017.
Nyle has been learner of the week twice during his apprenticeship.
Prior to his Software Developer Apprentice training Nyle had no previous experience of the C# development environment, nor had he been involved with any application development. His work experience during his apprenticeship at Appstation had been involved with fault correcting existing programs within our mobile application.
Immediately following completion of the Object Orientated Programming module, we asked Nyle if he would develop an application for calculating, and reporting the results of fishing tournaments that took place over several days.
A user requirements specification was provided along with some mentoring on database design from our technical director; but in the main Nyle completed the whole development cycle from design through to final testing virtually single handed.
The system was used during the 3 day Coors Angling Festival at Burton upon Trent and was a huge success.
The organisers ran a manual system in parallel on day 1, but abandoned this for the remainder of the tournament as they were so confident with Nyle's system; and the final results on day 3 were out in record time.
Nyle had to come to terms with interpreting the original specification, unfamiliar technology, the disciplines and procedures of professional software development, dealing with end user feed-back from the totally unfamiliar world of competitive fishing tournaments, on his own rather than part of a project team, to produce an industrial strength application that excelled first time out.
I believe that was a remarkable achievement for a young apprentice.
We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone that nominated, please see below!
I would like to nominate Tom for the apprentice of the month. Tom has been with us just short of 6 months and came in with little IT experience. Tom has undertaken a role that is critical to our business, Backups.
Backups are crucial to our clients should they lose key work, hardware break or the many other IT elements that could go wrong. Each morning Tom thoroughly checks each backup for our clients on all their hardware. Should a backup fail, Tom is responsible for logging this, communicating with the client and then trying to diagnose why the issue occurred. Should Tom exhaust all avenues in getting this fixed he will then escalate the case to a higher tier of support.
Once the backup checks are complete and account managers have been advised if any of their accounts have had a failure that day, Tom resumes duty on our Service Desk carrying out work on service requests and incidents raised by our clients.
In the past few months, Tom’s technical knowledge as increased tenfold and he has become a real asset to the team. I am keen to develop his technical knowledge further and fortunately, Tom possesses some great traits in wanting to learn and progress further.
I think Tom holds a very different role to a normal IT apprentice and one that comes with pressure and ownership that Tom has made his own.
I’d like to nominate Michael for apprentice of the month on behalf of the many people at Unipres UK Limited, he supports on a daily basis. Michael is a valued member of our department who has conducted himself superbly since his arrival. As well as Michael’s daily tasks he has both participated and more recently, run his own projects. Unipres Training Academy is a purpose built facility that is used to both train the next generation of Unipres employees (our apprentices) and develop existing staff through targeted training.
Recently the Academy has expanded and subsequently the demand for IT facilities has expanded. Michael has led the project to deliver 2 classrooms of Windows 10 PCs, to be used for training for both the apprentices and existing teams. Michael has worked on a custom Windows 10 image which is applied to each of the desktops. This image contains only the software which is required for training. Michael has also developed a number of Microsoft Group Policy templates for specific settings for different groups of trainees. These security and feature templates help to keep the PC most functional for the person using it.
Michael has spent hours of his time working on this project and has delivered something which is both a credit to himself and also something which is a fantastic solution to the brief he was given. These classrooms will be an additional responsibility to the existing tablets and AV facilities in the training academy which Michael already maintains.
Although an apprentice in his job description, Michael is often not regarded as so in our department. He contributes as much as us all and I’m very happy that I can rely on him.
Joe has excelled in his role culminating in him earning a contract position with SIE.
All aspects of his work is of a very high standard, broad skill set achieved in all areas of IT (networking, storage, desktop, telephony, VOIP, cabling, patching)
Attention to detail on technical works combined with superb customer service has set Joseph on the path of a very successful career in IT.
I would add for his age he has shown maturity and commitment in delivering results to the benefit of Sony. A bright future beckons Joseph – Well done indeed.
Since Jakub started here at i7 Technologies, he has shown that he has the ability to learn and undergo new tasks quickly and efficiently, with being able to do this he has picked up new skills that have helped the company with big and prestigious installations. Jakub often comes into work earlier than he required and leaves later as well, this shows that he is keen and hard working with everything that he does.
Jakub is keen to learn new things and often asks for new tasks to do that will allow him to learn new things and in the long run help the other engineers out by taking some of the work off them, he is doing more and more remote support calls and conducts himself in a professional manner with everything that he does.
I would like to nominate our apprentice Matt Bulmer who has been with us since June earlier this year.He is our Sales & business development apprentice working through the new Sales Apprenticeship course.
Matt has come a long way in 6 months and we are super-impressed with his tenacity, growing ambition and drive to succeed. Matt works with an external Sales manager who also reports that Matt has the potential to be a real star!
His personality shines through and is a huge benefit to the role he is in, as he is able to break down barriers, build rapport and overcome objections with ease. He is a very popular member of our office based team as his upbeat outlook is highly infectious!
I know it would be a real highlight in his career to date with us to be recognised with this prestigious award!
Georgie entered the business as an apprentice, yet his skills, knowledge and enthusiasm are far beyond his years. In just the short time he has been here, he has become a core part of the copywriting team.
Since starting at Mediaworks back in August, his creativity and writing skills have shone. Within his first few days, it was clear that he has a sound understanding of copywriting and creating content for a digital audience. After making light work of his initial training tasks, it was clear that he was more than ready to take on more responsibility. Within a matter of weeks, he had been assigned his own clients, taking ownership of their copy, proactively contributing to campaigns and delivering exceptional results.
He is not easily phased; while some may feel daunted at the prospect of writing for a national transport company or a successful technology brand, he tackles each campaign head on. He is more than willing to explore new topics. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say ‘I can’t do that’. Every task is approached with Georgie’s signature positivity, as he confidently grows his skills and knowledge.
The outstanding copy Georgie continues to produce does not go without recognition. On numerous occasions, clients have commented on the high standards of copy he delivers, as well as how much they enjoy his characteristic writing style. He is more than capable of holding his own within our experienced content team.
In addition to all of the above, he has bags of enthusiasm and is never without his friendly attitude and a big smile. The positive contribution he has made to our team and company more widely is staggering and for this reason, we believe he should be recognised as November’s Apprentice of the Month.
Sophie has recently joined the Sage Product Marketing team and has made an instant impact with her enthusiasm and willingness to understand the business. She has proactively worked through her training, allowing her the scope to free up more time for project work in the team. She is open to learning, has excelled in each task set by the team, whilst offering us a fresh perspective with her views.
Sophie produces quality work on time, is eager to learn and is a great addition to the team. We were especially impressed that she was nominated as learner of the week for her coursework at the same time as delivering on her tasks in the business. Myself and the team look forward to seeing her develop during her career and offering real value to the business.