Eemaan & Adrian @ FanFinders

Eemaan & Adrian @ FanFinders

There are a number of fantastic apprenticeship stories to tell here at LDN Apprenticeships and our apprentices at FanFinders certainly fall under this category!

We currently have TWO fantastic software developers in Adrian Nica and Eemaan Beardon working alongside FanFinders CEO Alec Dobbie at their Shoreditch offices in East London.

What makes this case study particularly special is Eemaan was the winner of our Apprentice of the Year for 2017! So it was great to catch up with her and get her thoughts on not only winning Apprentice of the Year, but her experience in currently doing her Level 4 Software Development apprenticeship and how it differs from the Level 3 program she completed last year.

So we popped into the FanFinders office and talked to all three about their experience with LDN Apprenticeships and how they’ve developed within their role at FanFinders!

We started by talking to Eemaan and Adrian about the very beginning of their journey with us, if they were considering a different career pathway and why they eventually decided to do an apprenticeship.

I wanted to get more experience said Eemaan. I felt combining both experience with work would grow my skills better in the long run than just studying independently. 

 

Adrian agreed. The opportunity to earn money whilst learning really appealed to me. University would be three years and with the knowledge I already had, a software development apprenticeship felt best for me!

Both having made the decision to do an apprenticeship, the next part was getting a job!

Having hired Eemaan in 2016 and Adrian the year after, Alec has had plenty of experience in hiring apprentices and felt that both stood out as the perfect new recruits for FanFinders!

 We were looking for a mix of talent to come and work with us and help fill a couple of roles. LDN Apprenticeships helped us massively with this and we hired two really good apprentices from the Tech LDN program.

 

The positions we were looking to fill weren’t senior roles but at the same time, weren’t quite junior, so we needed to make sure they were strong candidates willing to learn within the role and that’s exactly what we found.

Having both secured positions at FanFinders, they now had to get up to scratch and really begin their roles on the front foot. Eemaan recalled what it was like learning the ropes during her first few months within the role.

It was a really life changing experience and I gained a lot of confidence. I had so much support from the tutors and the people that worked around me. Everyone helped me develop my skills and areas to improve.

 

Everyone was so supportive. We all got on well with each other and it was a really nice environment to develop and learn in.

Alec also gave us an insight into what it was like getting a software development apprentice up to scratch and if he changed his approach when he recruited Alec a year later.

 I don’t think we’d have got to Adrian if it hadn’t have been for Eemaan. This gave us faith in the process and system along with knowing the training at LDN Apprenticeships was paying dividends within our workplace.

 

We spend a lot of time within the first few months making sure they are learning what we need them to and put them on a structured program.

 

We started with very simple tasks before moving them onto more complex things going forward and it’s worked well. For example, Adrian has built a client portal that’s going to be a large piece of the business going forward!

The client portal Adrian built is just one of the many personal achievements for him since starting at FanFinders just under a year ago.

Adrian also feels his development and understanding of the FanFinders workplace and the business itself has been a big part of his development within his role.

Gaining experience in marketing and experience within the business world has been a huge achievement for me.

 

I’ve learnt so much and gained so much knowledge. My line manager here has 25 years of experience and he knows how the company works more than anyone here!

 

For someone young like myself looking to get into a software development role, I also feel I’ve learnt how to make really good software, not just plain code.

For Eemaan, who is now doing her level 4 software development apprenticeship, it was interesting to hear what the major differences were from doing a level 3 qualification and her decision to go on to a level 4 qualification.

 The biggest difference was definitely the intensity in work. So if you like a challenge it’s definitely something to look into!

 

The qualifications are so valuable though because you become MTA qualified and instead of having to pay for qualifications at university, here you’re supported by the company, which is ten times better for me!

Having hired two web and software development apprentices, what advice would Alec give to other business thinking of hiring an apprentice?

Absolutely do hire an apprentice and go forward with it.

 

It’s been a really rewarding and beneficial experience and for us, there’s no negatives from where I am. It’s cost-effective and you can see you’re helping young people move forward.

 

At the same time, it’s helping us as a business as well!

Alec’s positive experience in hiring Eemaan and Adrian was echoed by both apprentices themselves and their journey so far has given them both the opportunity to kickstart a career they’re passionate about at FanFinders.

So what advice would they give to someone who’s thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

You’re learning in the job and getting paid for it said Adrian. You’re not just learning in theory and it’s a completely different path to university.

 

You learn and accumulate a lot more skills that you would if you just went to university Eemaan continued.

 

Being a part of a workplace, you’ve got other teams and departments you can branch into and develop within all areas of a business.

 

For those thinking of doing an apprenticeship, I’d say definitely go for it!

Alec and his team at FanFinders are a brilliant example of how apprenticeships work for businesses and for young people. Highlighting the need to futureproof their business with young talent and inject new ideas into the company.

Congratulations to Eemaan and Adrian on their continued success and thank you to Alec for all of the continued support he has given to both apprentices.

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How To Do Christmas For Less as an Apprentice

How To Do Christmas For Less as an Apprentice

It’s that time of year everyone! Halloween has passed, the festive season adverts have appeared, and the sound of Xmas jingles begin to follow you around the high street shops and restaurants.

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. But for an apprentice like myself, it can also hit my bank account more than any other month of the year.

Last December, from my calculations, I spent well over £400. In the grand scheme of things that seems a reasonably small amount. However, that amount is nearly half of the average apprentice’s monthly salary.

Often when buying gifts you find yourself impulse buying because you see a price that you think is ‘reasonable’ or you’re just feeling the pressure to ensure you get each and everyone on your list a gift. Here are our top five tips on how to have an AWESOME Christmas for less!

Black Friday

Black Friday is a great opportunity to get AWESOME gifts at even more AWESOME prizes!

But don’t settle on the first bargain you see! Whilst the saving may look good, companies often have promo codes to use in conjunction with Back Friday offers.

A few good websites I found for promo codes are:

 https://www.hotukdeals.com/vouchers

https://www.vouchercodes.co.uk

https://www.independent.co.uk/vouchercodes

Budget

Set a budget before you go shopping. Whether it is the price per gift or the grand total of a shop. A budget is always useful to make sure you don’t overspend and can financially afford everything you buy!

Sharing is Caring

Remember a gift is a gift! However big or small or within any price range, it’s the thought that counts!

Look for Bargains

Don’t impulse buy! If you’ve missed out on Black Friday, you’ve got time to investigate and shop around for bargains. Once you put items into your basket, search for them on Google Shopping just to make sure you can’t get them cheaper elsewhere.

Apprenticeship Perks

As an apprentice, you can apply for an NUS apprentice extra card for hundreds of savings all year round. This includes 10% off at Co-op (which could be useful for Christmas dinner), 40% off with National Express (if you’re traveling long distances during the festive season) and 10% off at New Look both online and instore.

 

 

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LDN Apprenticeships #WomenInTech @ Aspect Capital

LDN Apprenticeships #WomenInTech @ Aspect Capital

Did you know only 17% of the current roles in tech within the UK are filled by women?

We are inundated with applications at LDN Apprenticeships from young women looking to kickstart their career in tech roles such as Software Development, Digital Marketing and IT & Support.

There is currently a 50/50 split of male and female applicants for our pathways. So why is there such a gap in diversity within the current tech workplace in the UK? It’s time for something to change and bridge the diversity gap!

We teamed up with Aspect Capital to provide a unique work experience day for seven AWESOME young software development candidates who applied for an apprenticeship with us! The day was packed with talks, Q&A sessions and workshops provided by the top tech talent currently working within the tech department at Aspect Capital. They were able to provide valuable insight into their experiences in becoming a software developer and the roles and tasks they play within the company.
My’a Douglas and Emily Bamford were two of the young women who attended on the day and found the workshops and talks hugely beneficial as part of their early development into starting a career in software development.

“I found the whole day very informative and professional” said Emily.

 

“I’m going to go away with a lot of information and feel a lot more confident in going home and doing my own coding! It will also help me generate more ideas and conduct more research into software development.”

My’a agreed that the knowledge she’s going to take away from the day and the workshops they participated in were hugely beneficial and completely different to what she has previously done!

I really enjoyed today! It was a lot different to what I’ve previously learnt and I’ve gained more hand on experience and learnt new languages as well!

 

I loved the workshops and what I learnt from them but it was also interesting to see how the company works and what roles software developers play in Aspect Capital.

Gemma Hagen is the lead developer within the software development team at Aspect Capital and being one of the 17% of women currently working in tech within the UK, was the perfect person to give advice and call on her own personal experiences.

 “We wanted to give them a bit of insight into what type of opportunities there are in the industry and what being a software developer is like.

 

I think software is still unfortunately stereotyped as an industry that is better suited to males. 

 

Obviously, I am a girl in software development and I strong heartedly disagree with that notion!

 

Anything that encourages women into the industry is hugely beneficial for everyone in it.”

Events like our #WomenInTech work experience day at Aspect Capital go long way in helping bridge the diversity gap and end the stigma surrounding the tech industry that still exists.

Allowing our candidates to experience and spend time with those who currently work within the tech industry on a professional platform gives them an opportunity that many young women before them may not have had.

The next step is now getting these eager and enthusiastic young women into tech roles across London and allowing companies to reap the benefits of injecting fresh talent into their teams and futureproofing their business.

Thank you to everyone at Aspect Capital and to the seven AWESOME young women who attended on the day and made it such a rewarding event to put on. It’s time to bridge the diversity gap!

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Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas

 

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP). Emanuel’s nomination is below:

 

Energy: Emanuel has been at Caritas for 6 months and is truly an invaluable asset to the team. His sheer dedication to go above and beyond has definitely transpired in an impressive way and has shown through hard work you can achieve results.

 

Enthusiasm: Since Emanuel started his apprenticeship he has hit the ground running. He is honest, dependable and incredibly hardworking  and truly excels in an commercial environment. This is whilst fostering positive discussions in order to bring the best out of his colleagues.

 

Willingness to learn: The reason why I took Emanuel on was his response at interview stage that he would like to develop on

his areas of weakness e.g. communication skills. Emanuel has immersed himself into new projects and developed his sales etiquette skills which has proved vital for his role.

 

Ability to take feedback: Emanuel is a true team player and an impressive problem solver who is able to address complex issues as well as take feedback constructively. He is inspired by challenges and is able to resolve it with strategy and confidence.

 

Propensity to take action: As part of Emanuel’s apprenticeship he has been given targets both professionally & academically by which he has proved to me that he is able to balance the two with ease. Overall, he is a dedicated knowledgeable individual who is an absolute pleasure to work alongside.

 

 

Congratulations Emanuel!

Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

 

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis

 

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP). Sai’s nomination is below:

 

Energy:

Sai is a popular member of staff here at Potensis and for good reason. He is eager to get stuck in to his core helpdesk duties. If someone approaches IT with an issue, he is straight up out of his chair and off to sort it out and very happy to spend some extra time with the user to explain the situation and perhaps how to stop it happening again if it is within their control.

Enthusiasm:

Sai is always looking to take on the next challenge and is on the lookout for ways to improve processes. He is very keen on gaining a raft of certifications but does well in the work environment to facilitate that. It is clear from all the good work that Sai does how much he enjoys working in IT. He is also extremely enthusiastic about Pizza Pay Day, easily taking down a whole pizza on his own!

Willingness To Learn:

Sai has obviously found the career for him and to say he has a thirst for learning and knowledge is somewhat of an understatement. Sai’s propensity for studying and learning new skills is highly commendable. Sai is now well versed in Office 365 and associated applications, Mobile Device Management, has strong skills in elements of the Microsoft Cloud solution, is a well-rounded helpdesk technician and is starting to get proficient in PowerShell as well as passing scoring highly in both his CompTIA A+ certifications.

Ability To Take Feedback:

Sai actively seeks out feedback where he feels he might not have taken the best path to a solution; although it should be said that often he is being a tad too tough on himself. I am impressed with how well Sai takes constructive criticism on the whole and it is clear that he is trying to improve himself as an IT professional, not just his technical skills but how he interacts with people and how he deals with their IT issues on a personal level. Of the few development issues which Sai has encountered here, he has addressed them with maturity and conviction and has resolved them.

Propensity To Take Action:

Sai has reached the point in his job here at Potensis where clearly understands his role and acts accordingly. I am confident to leave Sai to his own devices and for him to effectively deal with issues as they arise in a logical, methodical and enthusiastic manner, but also to act accordingly if things arise where he should revert to someone more senior. This is the second time that Sai has been nominated for Apprentice of the Month. He has come along even further now in his development and enjoyed more success. I think this is Sai’s month to shine and reap the benefits of all the work he has put in.

 

Congratulations Sai!