Apprentices, employers and industry partners came together yesterday for an afternoon of celebration at the 2017 Just IT Apprenticeship Awards presented by Just IT CEO, Simon Perriton.
Held at The British Computing Society during National Apprenticeship Week, Just IT’s annual awards event recognises the top achievements of IT & digital Apprentices and the forward thinking employers which have supported them to success.
At the event, guest speaker Maggie Philbin, OBE spoke passionately about the new opportunities for tech careers through Apprenticeships, and presented awards to companies who were already helping the next generation of tech superstars get started in the sector. John Pritchard, Head of Apprenticeships at BCS, spoke boldly about Apprenticeships’ role in closing the IT skills gap and Haydon Godbeer, Vice-President of Innovation at YourFeed, invited his digital marketing Apprentice to the stage to demonstrate the amazing impact Apprentices had already made on the company. We also heard from Graham Hunter from CompTIA, who presented the 2017 CompTIA Award to the Just IT Apprentice with the highest A+ CompTIA exam score – a key qualification on the road to a successful IT career.
Naturally it was the Apprentices themselves who were the real stars of the show. Throughout the afternoon, the audience heard the experiences and thoughts of many different Apprentices from a huge range of different companies; from small start-ups to big corporates, and from IT service providers to food manufacturers and law firms.
This diversity within the Apprenticeship scheme was celebrated with the first ever Just IT Diversity Award presented by diversity campaigner, Colin Lee-Own. This award was presented to Ringley and recognised their hard work to increase diversity within the tech sector by ensuring their Apprenticeship programmes reached out to new audiences and gave everyone an equal chance of success.
The two biggest awards of the evening were left until last with the announcement of Respondit as Just IT’s Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, and Lambeth Council Apprentice Shaquelle Hendricks named as Just IT Apprentice of the Year.
Just IT CEO and awards host, Simon Perriton closed the ceremony with a great reminder of all those who contribute to the on-going success of the Just IT Apprenticeship programme. This included Just IT’s own colleagues, great partners such as CompTIA, BCS, City & Guilds, and Tech Partnership, dedicated Apprenticeship employers, and the Apprentices themselves whose passion and self-motivation will lead them into successful careers.