Drift IT Services and Highbury College reveal the perfect recipe for apprenticeship success.

Drift IT apprentices Bradley, Joe, Adam and Lois

The Havant-based IT company, which provides technical support to local schools, has supported and trained 12 successful apprentices during its six-year partnership with the College.

Drift IT Services Director Peter Shone said: “Our apprentices are an integral part of the business. They’re able to earn a good salary and gain valuable experience. As an employer, apprenticeships give you the opportunity to really get to know your employee before you decide to take them on permanently. Because we invest a lot into our apprentices, and our own future as well, we want long-serving technicians. Often, we get to see our apprentices flourish, which is really gratifying.”

With a dedicated Employment Services team, Highbury College supports companies large and small to design apprenticeship programmes that match the needs of the individual businesses. The Employment Services team is also on hand to guide employers through the recruitment and sign up process, provide financial guidance and advise on the latest government reforms.

Peter added: “I think the reason why our relationship with Highbury College has lasted so long is that the College has communicated with us really well. If we’ve needed to make an adjustment or ask for additional support, it’s just a phone call away. I think it all works really smoothly, and the evidence of that is 12 successful apprentices.”

Brad Sandford, who is currently completing a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Standard Apprenticeship, said: “Highbury College made it really easy to find and apply for my apprenticeship. They also provided a lot of help and resources to ensure I found the right apprenticeship for me.”

As part of his apprenticeship, Brad is a member of the install team, which supports local schools with their IT upgrades, adding: “It’s been great so far, I’ve loved it. Before my apprenticeship, I went to university which was very classroom based. I prefer getting involved more. Drift encourage me to do more and push me out of my comfort zone. They also allow me time to do my own study. Overall, I really enjoy coming in to work.”

The majority of Drift’s apprentices have moved into permanent positions at the company like Adam Darcy-Lancaster, a former Level 3 Networking & Infrastructure apprentice, who is now a Projects Team Leader.

Adam said: “In this company, every individual is appreciated for what they can do. My apprenticeship was very good – when we studied at Highbury we learnt about all areas of IT, not just what Drift specialise in. We got a broader picture. I knew nothing about IT before I joined, so everything I know now is because of the apprenticeship and my job.”

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  • Date 07/10/2019