Dean Lyons completed his level 2 IT Professional apprenticeship and is nearing the end of his advanced level 3 programme. Dean won IT Apprentice of the year at the 2015 ITEC Awards.
What did you do after leaving school?
My plans for the future were not very clear as I didn’t know what to do.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship after school or college?
I felt that getting an apprenticeship was the best way of getting qualified and at the same time getting valuable work experience.
What was it like working for your employer? What did your job entail?
Working for my employer has been brilliant. They have supported me through my whole apprenticeship. Even though I am an apprentice, they have made me feel part of the team and like any other member of staff.
What skills and knowledge have you gained through your apprenticeship?
During my apprenticeship I have gained many skills and knowledge. Not only have I achieved all my qualifications, I have also learnt life skills and also gained lots of knowledge from just being in a working environment.
What would you say to other young people thinking about taking up an apprenticeship?
I would say getting an apprenticeship is the best way to get what you want. Not only do you get the qualifications but you also get valuable work experience. Majority of company’s value work experience so after you have finished your apprenticeship, employers know you can cope in a working environment. To me, these are the best reasons to take up an apprenticeship.