SDS is celebrating the success of its four apprentices after two years. SDS is a great supporter of the apprentices programme as well as finding it the ideal way to lower the average age of the office.
Thomas Hill is now fully employed as a junior developer, coding and testing software. He said, “Working in a small company like SDS, I had to learn on the job very quickly. I received lots of support when learning new skills, enabling me to excel here and to feel very motivated to improve. I wanted my apprenticeship to build the foundations for my career in coding, and SDS is perfect for this as it supports my external learning at QA.”
The second technical apprentice is Lewis Yearsley, a junior .NET and web developer, who enjoys how the team involves him but also allows him to work independently. He said, “SDS has really helped me settle into my role and make progress here. I’d like to develop my role and I can see myself working here for many years to come.”
April Young has joined SDS’ sales and marketing team, helping with CRM, databases and social media. After doing a Business Studies BTec at a local college, she was particularly interested in marketing. She said, “SDS is a lively, fun place to work and it’s the perfect place for an apprentice as everyone pushes me to do my best. I’ve really improved my reading and writing skills here, which is a huge benefit because I’m dyslexic.”
The fourth apprentice, Tim Regans, is a junior software developer, who joined from Surrey University where he was studying CIT. He said, “I felt I was more suited to learning on the job and SDS is fun, lively and a really good working environment. I’m now working on developing our online Housing Development manual.”