This week, techUK will be supporting National Apprenticeship Week with a number of featured apprentices from our member organisations and guest blogs.
Today, Callum Gunston, apprentice at Quicksilva shares his experiences of being on the Software Testing Team as an apprentice. Callum is doing a BSc (Hons) Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Winchester.
Your role and the work you do:
Recently I have been a member of the Technical Support Team at Quicksilva. My role was to help maintain the current infrastructure which includes a range of activities, such as creating new virtual servers; carrying out server backups; and monitoring anti-malware scans. I also provided technical support to the whole of the Quicksilva team. One of the exciting parts about the Apprenticeship is that my role at work changes to match with my studies at University, and because of this I have now moved to the Software Testing Team. I am really excited to progress my knowledge in this new area and learn as much as I can.
What you have learnt throughout your apprenticeship/experience:
At University I’ve been learning about information systems and how they interact with organisations, as well as learning about information security and why it is important for businesses. All of my studies have been linked directly to my daily work and because of this I have a greater understanding of the business. I feel that this is a great way to learn as when you learn a new skill, you then get to use it right away at work, it really helps to fix the learning in your mind.
Firstly I am looking forward to working my way around functions, to the Software Development Team and to the Service Delivery Team, learning even more skills that will help me to pursue an exciting career at Quicksilva. I’m also hoping to finish my dissertation and complete my degree in digital and technology solutions at Winchester.
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