Mark Paxton IT Apprentice
Mark Paxton may only be 17 years old, but he’s already begun his career in IT. His secret? Obtaining a National Vocational Qualification (NQV) Level 2 for IT Practitioners from ATG Training.
When were you an apprentice at ATG?
I started my apprenticeship in September 2009, and it finished at the start of January 2010.
Which apprenticeship did you take?
ICT. I had been interested in ICT for quite a few years before I looked at ATG.
What made you want to take part in ATG’s program?
ATG offered to get me an interview and help get me a job during and after the course.
Is it safe to say the followed through on those offerings?
Yes, ATG helped me prepare for my interview and helped me write my CV. I was offered an interview with ABS Ltd in November 2009, approximately half way through my course, and following that they offered me a placement the week before Christmas. After my placement, (ABS) offered me the job and Level 3 course.
Did you attend an ATG Open Day prior to apprenticeship?
Yes, I was shown around and explained what ATG is and what they do. The most important thing I learned at the Open Day was what the ICT course was all about (what it consisted of and what was required). Based on the visit, I wanted to join ATG because of the short course and the offer of helping me get a job.
What certification did ATG help you obtain?
NVQ Level 2 for IT Practitioners
What was your favourite part about the ATG apprenticeship?
The course was short and expanded my knowledge a lot. I learned General ICT software, hardware troubleshooting and repairing, and customer support.
What did you like most about ATG in general?
I met a few new friends, and the tutors were always happy to help and have a laugh.
You’re now with ABS Ltd. When did you start working there?
I started at ABS Ltd on 4th January 2010, following my weeks placement in December.
What is your position, and what are your duties in this new role?
I’m a Support Technician. I provide software and hardware to support to customers and monitor servers.
Do you think you would have been able to obtain your current position without help from ATG?
No, I would not have known about the position without the help of ATG, as ABS recruits directly from ATG.
Would you recommend ATG to others?
Yep, it’s definitely worth the time, and you will meet new people whilst getting the qualification.
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