Apprenticeship Case Study: Lloyd Halligan
“My apprenticeship was one of the best decisions I have ever made for my development, It opened up opportunities for me to peruse a career that I have wanted to work in for a long time.”
1. Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
I applied for an apprenticeship after gaining my level 2 qualification in IT part-time, whilst I was still working full-time as a delivery driver. After gaining that qualification, it was still very hard to move straight into full-time IT work.
The apprenticeship was a chance to attain my level 3 and gain experience of life working in that kind of job.
2. What did you do before your apprenticeship?
Before the apprenticeship I was a delivery driver. I began working as a postman and followed that into driving work. It was not a bad job, but it didn’t offer any kind of career progression.
3. What have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I have gained many qualifications and have moved into working in IT full-time in a job that I love.
I have also gained a passion for learning new skills and thanks to working within the creative arts team at MMU, I have developed a passion for digital art and have done extra work creating logos, music videos and posters for people outside of work.
I am hoping to take that knowledge to work on video game development this year.
4. What are the benefits to completing an apprenticeship?
By the time you reach the end of an apprenticeship, you feel ready to work in your chosen industry in a way that, personally, I don’t think just classroom learning can set you up for. It’s a perfect mixture of theory and practical that gets you ready to walk directly into a full-time job.
5. Which organisation do you work for and what are your roles and responsibilities?
I currently work for the Trafford College Group based at Stockport College.
I am an IT Technician and I am the main technician working at Stockport campus. My role is mainly dealing with issues that come up with the PC’s, Laptops, Mac’s or phones, but during lockdown I have been helping staff and students with OneDrive and remote learning.