Software Developer Apprenticeship 

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship at Unipres?

The main reason I decided to do an apprenticeship at Unipres is because it would open up a broad future for me, giving me opportunities in both the hardware and software side of working for an automotive manufacturer. Furthermore, it is close by to where I live, which makes I convenient to travel to daily. Another reason Unipres was such a great, promising apprenticeship was because I have always wanted to develop my skills in the area of computing, both physical and software. Unipres stuck out to me as the best apprenticeship as I felt as if I would benefit the most from it compared to others, such as life and tech skills.

What skills have you learnt whilst on your apprenticeship?

I have learned how to apply my knowledge effectively and efficiently to produce a positive outcome in the workplace, as I have already assisted in the creation of apps that are used by Unipres employees all around the company.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

Personally, I would argue that if you are passionate about a subject/area, like I am with computers and software, it is fully worth the time and effort associated with the apprenticeship to go for it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far and I am excited to see what the future of my career at Unipres entails.

What are you most proud of doing on your apprenticeship?

My proudest moment so far is creating a web-based application that is used by my mentor, it allows for the user to input the surname and initial of the employee they wish to call, and it will display their phone extension to the user. This greatly benefits the company as a significant amount of the time, one employee does not know how to get in touch with another. My mentor was proud of the work that I had done, and as an apprentice, it made me feel great, because I knew I had made a positive impact on the company. This taught me that apprenticeships can make a big impact, even early on, which feels very rewarding and is another reason why they are worth it.

What do you hope to have achieved in the next five years?

I hope to achieve a much deeper understanding and more complex level of knowledge regarding both software and hardware, such as developing more applications in a variety of languages and use cases. I also wish to play a bigger part in the team, and make positive changes wherever I can.