At the start of the week we focused on former apprentice Jack Price who is now an integral part of the Analox team as an Electronics Technician.
In the second part of our celebration of National Apprenticeship Week we catch up with our two resident apprentices to find out their views on apprenticeships.
Polly Fearnehough joined Analox in January this year as an IT Apprentice. She previously worked in Social Housing and undertook a one year apprenticeship before becoming a Housing Management Advisor. Unfortunately Polly was made redundant from her job, so she decided to pursue an apprenticeship in IT.
Polly said: “I went to college for six months but it wasn’t for me. I’m a real geek when it comes to technology and I like being hands-on. I love apprenticeships as all my friends who attended university are in debt, while I get paid for a job and also gain qualifications.
In my role I support both the IT Controller and IT Assistant. I shadow them to learn their roles and this helps to develop my role. I use Freshdesk, check the clocking system and look at the tasks for each day.
“I go to Middlesbrough College every other week to build up my knowledge and skills and I study BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals and Level 3 Extended Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles.
“I think apprenticeships are definitely worthwhile and I am enjoying my experience here so far.”
Ellis Johnson joined Analox in March 2014 as an Apprentice Engineering Documentation Technician.
He previously studied a BTEC engineering course at college before taking up an apprenticeship.
Ellis’ role involves creating and updating technical documents, setting procedures, creating and updating drawings, assembling prototype instruments and testing them using in-house procedures and equipment.
He is studying an NVQ in Mechanical Engineering and receives a visit from a tutor on a six-weekly basis. In September Ellis hopes to study a HNC at college in the same field.
Ellis said: “An apprenticeship is a lot different to college, where you just sit there for two years and are spoken to by a lecturer. You actually put things into practice and feel like you’re doing something useful. I like all aspects of being an apprentice as you get to do a job, but learn at the same time, and also get paid for it.
Analox have been really supportive and put me on training courses to help me develop in my role and I have enjoyed my experience here so far.”