SJR has launched its Careers and Guidance Service, a key strand of which is to inform students more about apprenticeships. As part of this education initiative, students who study Computing, ICT, English or Media were given the opportunity to visit UK Fast, a Web Hosting company in Manchester.
Students were given a tour of the business, which boasts an impressive gym, bar and cinema. It wasn’t surprising to see UK Fast’s award for ‘The Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For,’ on display, as they pride themselves on believing a fun work environment results in happier people within the company.
One of UK Fast’s happy employees, Aaron Saxon (Director of Training and Education,) took the English and Media students into a boardroom, where they took on the role of Marketing Officers. The students developed campaigns for clients such as the NHS, Virgin and British Cycling and then pitched their ideas to the group.
Former SJR student, David Aitken, who has been working at UK Fast for four years and is now a team leader, met the ICT and Computing students. David delivered a tailored master class in programming using ‘Raspberry Pi’ and they gained experience of how this type of business recruits staff. Most importantly, both groups were given tips and advice on what companies are looking for, how to apply for a job and how to interview well.
Principal Peter McGhee said, “Apprenticeships are becoming more popular and St John Rigby College is supporting this progression route and endorsing the benefits for some students of working alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills, earning a wage and studying towards a related qualification. We hope to see more of our students thriving in expanding businesses such as UK Fast.”