Name: Scott Roberts
Apprenticeship Programme: Software Engineering (Year 2)
What is your education / work background?
I am currently based in Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre (AMROC) at Sony and my route into the Apprenticeship Programme was through a work placement which I undertook during my studies at Bridgend College in 2018. I spent some time with ISD, learning about computer hardware and software deployment whilst gaining work experience for my Level 3 course. It was during this time that I was put forward for the Apprenticeship Programme.
How did you feel when you found out you had gained a place on the programme?
Whilst on holiday in West Wales I got the email saying that I’d gained a place on the Apprenticeship Programme, and I vividly remember being over the moon.
What is a typical day like on the programme?
During the week I work full time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on Tuesdays and Thursdays my day is split between work and college.
What have you gained from the programme?
Every day you are surrounded by talented and experienced colleagues, so you are constantly learning new skills from them. There are always plenty of opportunities to ask questions and as an Apprentice you are always encouraged to try new things.
Being on the apprenticeship program has enabled me to increase my depth of knowledge and understanding on various topics that I would have otherwise only skimmed the surface of. Aside from knowledge and experience I have also gained confidence, something which I have struggled with in the past.
How will the programme help you with your future goals?
This apprenticeship will help me to continue to develop key skills such as problem solving, teamwork and communication as well as technical skills such as software development and configuration. I believe these are crucial in working towards obtaining my dream career.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of applying for the programme?
To anyone thinking of applying to the apprenticeship programme I’d say just go for it!