October 28, 2011
In January 2011, I launched the first Apprenticeship programme in the UK for Software Developers. It was pretty schoking that this didn't exist until this year. With the massive drop in kids doing Computing A level and Computer Science at university, we need to find another way to get new blood into technology. The programme is expanding rapidly with everything from 2 person start-ups to some of the biggest IT companies taking on apprentices through this.
I came up with the idea, found the early adopters, ran the design workshops and then built the technical training team to do the really clever stuff. Year 1 has been pretty amazing. I'ev also developing close relationships with Microsoft and Oracle, who sponsor the .NET and Java versions respectively. Now working on developing the programme and the business, and always wanting to keep in touch with what tech professionals, and especially start-ups want from the programme. I'm also looking for new ideas for programmes and am building partnerships with other major tech companies and vendors.
Would love to be involved in developing the people and the skills for the next big thing in tech.
I specialise in tech training and development, particularly in how to bring more young people into the sector. I moved to Bath from London in July 2010, and keen to get involved locally. I work for QA, the IT training company.