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24 June 2021
Nominated by their employers and ARU lecturers, three of our apprentices received the Tech Industry Gold Certificate of Merit for showing their outstanding abilities and mind-set whilst undertaking their Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeships.
Kieran Gohel, IT Engineer at Bridge Partners Ltd said: “Having the opportunity to work with so many enthusiastic lecturers and fellow apprentices has been the highlight for me. These are the people that really light up when they talk about their chosen fields - their passion is really what brings the knowledge and skills together to make a lasting impact.
"Having a workplace mentor has also been great for exploring ideas and providing access to other parts of the business when my new skills and knowledge can be implemented. There’s something really satisfying about taking tools that I have honed in academia and putting them to work in the industry.”
Vaiva Bauzaite, Software Engineer at Entrust said: “Learning the theory and the practical side of software development at the same time makes it so much more fun. You get to see a methodology or a strategy you’ve been taught get applied and then deployed in a product to a customer. You get the best of both worlds!
“Entrust has let me move around the different engineering teams throughout my apprenticeship. I really appreciate this since it allowed me to explore different career paths and find the best fit for me in the industry.
“The apprenticeship is a win-win situation. You can fully engage in student life and societies all while working and getting paid for a full-time job! At the end of the course, you have a degree and four years’ work experience.”
Seferin James is a Senior Data Analyst at Cambridge University Press. His employer said: “Seferin has delivered an innovative way of allocating revenue across the journal business, and therefore enabled a strategic transformation for the business.
“Seferin is one of those rare people who is constantly looking for ways to improve things and proactively takes action to make things happen, way beyond what would be expected in his job role. Having upskilled through the apprenticeship, he is now equipped to make an even greater impact.”
Congratulations to all three. They are the perfect example of how our apprentices can create impact with local businesses and why our apprenticeship programmes are becoming a popular route with businesses to nurture and protect a highly skilled workforce for in-demand roles.