We had a great event this morning at Digital Skills Solutions in the context of National Apprenticeship Week, covering all the roles involved in the process of becoming an apprentice.
Carlos Cubillo-Barsi, DSS Managing Director, opened the event and introduced the panel. He also spoke to aspiring apprentices about the benefits of taking this route, especially at a time when digital skills are pervasive, making them relevant in all industries.
The panellists were:
– Ricardo Dixon, DSS Recruitment Coordinator, who explained the whole process from the moment DSS gets a job opportunity until the apprentice gets a job.
– Clare Hickey, BCS Key Account Manager, went through the critical aspect of the End-Point-Assessment and what’s required to be successful.
– Aaron Green, Operations Manager at Giotech, who has employed over 5 apprentices with DSS, threw some light on what employers actually look for when they interview candidates. He said: “At an interview, I will not ask you about your qualifications, I will ask what drives you”, stating that a positive and proactive attitude is critical to thrive.”
– Joao Turbulento, DSS Global IT Skills Coach, highlighted the importance of cyber security awareness and described its fundamental challenges.
– Lucy Brako, DSS Digital Marketing Coach, demystify the profession, ensuring that Digital Marketing is more than social media management and requires strategic and analytical skills, too.
– Finally, we were delighted to welcome two successful apprentices, including Maxim Burke, a Digital Marketing apprentice at Allied, who went through his journey, emphasizing on how his entrepreneurial skills have helped him in his working life.
If you wish to be an apprentice, please make sure you are familiar with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to understand the apprenticeship standards and regularly check our vacancies.
It has been a wonderful week for apprenticeship awareness! Let’s keep working together to support this professional route that opens so many doors to so many people.