This year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme is 'Blaze a Trail' and aims to challenge the outdated views many people still have about apprenticeships. In support, we’ve pulled together some useful advice from Saul Sheridan - one of our JBA apprentices to celebrate.
I Joined JBA over a year ago, with aspirations of becoming a full-stack software developer. I joined at the end of my Level 3 at college to begin a four-year degree level apprenticeship in BSc Digital and Technology Solutions. I put aside half a day each week to complete coursework and at the end of my apprenticeship, I am considering continuing on to receive a Masters.
Working at JBA has provided me with challenging work daily – creating and maintaining real solutions is far more engaging and rewarding than mock projects for University. It’s a great feeling knowing that my code is being used hundreds of times a day, saving users countless hours of time or allowing them to do things which they previously couldn’t.
I am surrounded by friendly, knowledgeable people who are always willing to help me with new or difficult concepts. I came into the role with no real-world experience, but in my short time at JBA I have become competent in multiple programming languages and have been able to work with big-name clients such as Network Rail and the MET office.