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Bella Ladley

IT Apprenticeship at SSE

“I moved out of my parents’ house in August and I'm now living in a big private house share with 6 other people (aged 19-30) who I quickly became great friends with.

“There's 11 apprentices in total (3 girls) and we have 6 month long rotations in different IT teams for the 4 years of the apprenticeship. I'm currently in a team that supports an essential application used to book meter readings and installs, I use VB.NET, Visio and SQL queries and databases so the things I learned in my computing A Level have come in very useful. Some of my future rotations will be in governance, architecture and emerging technologies. The emerging technology team get to play with games consoles and virtual reality all day so I'm definitely looking forward to that one. I have also been lucky enough to be the only apprentice that has shadowing sessions with the security threat investigation team because of my interest in security, these sessions are always the highlight of my week. 

“On Wednesdays I spend the day at university (Chichester University- Bognor campus). The lectures are done in a classroom with only 20 students so there is plenty of opportunities to speak to the lecturers and I've gotten to know all the students really well. We often go to the student union at lunch times to play pool or go on the xbox. 

“Overall I'm really enjoying the apprenticeship and although it’s only been 3 months, my confidence has sky rocketed. I'd definitely recommend the scheme for current computing/IT students. You get a similar experience to a normal university course except the degree is free, you get 4 years industry experience and I'm currently earning over £1k a month after tax (its set to go up to £30k pa by the last year of the course).

"When I first started at Franklin I was sure I wanted a career in Pharmaceuticals and I only decided to take computer science as filler subject because with the tech world advancing daily, I thought it could help a little. However, after my first term at college my mind had been changed completely. Learning how computers worked and communicated, as well as learning to code really sparked my interest and I knew it was something I wanted to take further. So, with the help of my tutor at, Franklin and the computer science staff, I applied for a higher apprenticeship in IT. Now I'm in my second year with that company. They are paying for me to get a degree whilst I work fulltime and earn a living wage. When my course is over I will have a degree, no debt and 4 years work experience making it easier for me to get a job in the future. If it wasn't for the friendly, approachable staff at Franklin and how interesting they make the computer science lessons, I definitely wouldn't be where I am today”.

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