At IT Champion, we have no qualms about telling you how much we love apprentices. They're at the core of our business, with most of our support team having joined us straight out of College on to a year long apprenticeship.
Our newest apprentice Charlie Farr joined the company in March and has settled right in as part of the team. Here's his thoughts on his first 4 months at IT Champion.
Are you enjoying the apprenticeship so far?
I love it to bits, it’s the only time when I haven’t dreaded waking up on a Monday!
What’s an average day for you in the office?
Aside from making a coffee or two my job is mainly in the workshop, servicing and repairing computers of all shapes and sizes. I also spend a lot of time watching and trying what others do to learn more all the time.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Something that can be quite tough when I talk to clients is making sure I'm saying the correct thing. Never being in a service industry before it really is different to anything I have done in the past.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
The team! Everyone at IT Champion is great and has been incredibly supportive and patient. Every day is a new laugh at the office since everyone gets on so well.
When did you know you wanted to get into IT?
When I was younger my family use to own amusement arcades with a lot of slot machines, and like any computer they tend to break, so I always had a lot of random computer parts to play and test with. During my time at School, I struggled with a lot of subjects that I wasn’t interested in but IT was a whole different environment for me and I never got bored with it and always wanted to learn more. So when I was given the chance to work at IT Champion I knew is was perfect for me.
What advice would you give to others thinking of starting an apprenticeship?
Education is only a stepping stone and the goal is what ever will make you happy. Just because you're not getting A Levels or a Degree, that doesn’t mean you can't succeed in life just as much, or even more, than others. If you get the chance to do a apprenticeship in something you love, take it.