Read this case study from CNet Training, An Uptime Education Company. It explores how specialist IT data infrastructure organisation, Bluepoint Technologies, employed its first apprentice and selected the Network Cable Installer (NCI®) Apprenticeship program, provided by CNet Training .
Bluepoint’s approach is bespoke and client-first, which was one of the key contributing factors t the company choosing to employ an apprentice Managing Director, Kathryn Aves, explains, “We recognised early on that by going down the apprentice route, we would have the opportunity to train and develop an individual to our specific business needs, hopefully leading to a loyal, skilled employee who would be able to make a valuable contribution to the business.”
One of Bluepoint’s priorities as a business is to invest in its staff with continuous, comprehensive professional development, to ensure every member of the team is fully trained to industry standards. This was therefore an important consideration for Kathryn in choosing an Apprenticeship provider, as it was vital that the apprentice would benefit from the same access to high quality education.
With the decision made to employ an apprentice, Bluepoint approached Melanie Taylor, who was already known to Kathryn, with the offer to get involved. Melanie had spent 15 years as an Apprenticeship Officer for the Construction Industry Training Board, working as a mentor for apprentices and being responsible for the liaison between employers, colleges, and the apprentices themselves, but was looking for a new job opportunity.
“We had evaluated the specific needs and goals of the business, and therefore built a really good understanding of the skills and knowledge required by the apprentice,” explains Kathryn. “Although Melanie didn’t have prior experience of the digital infrastructure industry, she was equipped with a technical mind and a keen desire to learn which we knew would give the best chance for success.”
Bluepoint found that the day-to-day running of the Apprenticeship program was straightforward and managing the schedule didn’t phase Kathryn, who explains, “The delivery plan issued by CNet at the start of the Apprenticeship allowed us to know when Melanie would be required in the classroom, so we were then able to plan works with others to give Melanie ample opportunities to learn on-the-job. We noted works completed as we went along on the online Apprenticeship portal – it was very easy for us to cover and manage.”