My Journey as a Digital Apprentice

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In honour of National Apprenticeship Week, we sat down with Apprentice Web Developer turned Junior Web Developer, Josh, to learn all about his apprenticeship journey, and how it led him to where he is today.

What was your apprenticeship in, and how would you describe your experience as an apprentice?
My apprenticeship was in Level 4 Software Development. It was definitely challenging, due the huge amount I needed to learn, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I was able to grow as a developer, but also to gain experience working in a fast-paced agency environment with an extremely experienced team. I think it was the combination of both these things that allowed me to succeed.  

What made you choose an apprenticeship over university?
When I finished college at 18, I knew that I wanted to be a developer. It’s always been my dream career. If I went down the university route, there was no guarantee of me getting the job I wanted. For me, the main selling point of an apprenticeship was learning as I work, with a business to support me every step of the way. I knew that combination was going to ensure I got the best grade possible.

How do you think your career is/has been shaped by choosing an apprenticeship compared to university?

I think I have been able to kickstart my career much quicker than I would have if I had taken different routes. For someone like me, who knew exactly what I wanted to do when I left school, an apprenticeship almost felt too good to be true. It allowed me to skip that ‘searching endlessly for a job’ phase. I’ve spoken to other developers who’ve been stuck in that process for six months or more.

What skills has your apprenticeship equipped you with?

The biggest thing was the development of my programming skills. I can now use languages such as HTML and CSS efficiently and with confidence. I also learnt to effectively use different content management systems, such as WordPress, and how to create custom HTML e-shots. On top of that, working as part of a digital team has meant I have also been able to improve my communication and organisational skills, and just generally be a more well-rounded team member.

Any tips for someone looking to do an apprenticeship?

If you’re looking to continue learning and get first-hand work experience, it is the best route to go down. So, if this sounds like you, I’d say do your research and just go for it. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll be supported the whole way through.

How did Agent support you throughout your apprenticeship?

Agent supported me in so many different ways. I was given plenty of time to complete my portfolio and work towards my exams, I was provided with many useful online resources, and the team also made sure I had regular check-ins and progress reviews. I received amazing mentoring and numerous personal development opportunities. Agent has, without doubt, been the best place to complete my apprenticeship. The support from each and every member of the team has just been incredible.

We’re incredibly proud of Josh and all of the progress he’s made throughout the past two years. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for him in the web development field.

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