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Vice Principal Becomes IT Apprentice 


David Higham and IT Apprentice Computer Changeweb

On Friday 18th March, David Higham, Vice Principal at Tresham went ‘back to the floor’ and shadowed an apprentice to highlight National Apprenticeship Week 2016 and the benefits of studying an apprenticeship. David met with Daniel Mabbott who is completing an IT apprenticeship at the Chartered Management Institute who gave an insight in to the daily tasks he completes.


David started his working life as an IT Apprentice before going on to pursue a career in the education sector.


Daniel, 21, is in his first year of his Level 2 Apprenticeship after working at a local theatre at Tresham and commented:

I found the session to be a brilliant experience as it allowed me to showcase the knowledge I have gained since starting work at CMI and my apprenticeship at Tresham. It was encouraging that David had previous experience in the field; and he was interested in our working process throughout even though although the schedule for the session was spontaneous due to not knowing what tickets our helpdesk would receive, David was motivated to get involved in all the tasks that were being shown as part of the session.

The work to apprenticeship balance is perfect as it allows me to learn in a working environment and have ample time to revise over notes for examinations. I’d highly recommend apprenticeships as a way to study for those leaving school in the summer as it can be a suitable starting point in their career where they can work and gain knowledge whilst learning towards completing a qualification. I also find being able to discuss and engage with other apprentices who work in a similar capacity to be a great experience and something that never usually occurs.”


David Higham and IT Apprentice Wiringweb

David Higham, Vice Principal at Tresham said:

“It was great to meet Daniel to go back to my roots as an IT Apprentice. Apprenticeships tend to be the forgotten option for school leavers but by highlighting the variety of apprenticeships available in so many different sectors we are seeing more and more young people coming to us to earn whilst they learn.

Last year we saw more than 1,000 apprentices engage in training and at any one time we have around 100 vacancies available due to our ever growing support from local and national businesses who are seeing the benefits of employing the next generation of their workforce.”


For more information about apprenticeships at Tresham as both an apprentice or employing an apprentice click here.

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