Thoughts On Degree Apprenticeships by Alex Moch
What a fantastic opportunity ...
I was taken on as an apprentice at CMC and I've been enjoying learning on the job and supporting our customers. I was thrilled to find out the Open University could help me further ...
Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to normal university education!
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Jeremy Curtis, our Sales Director, met people from the OU during an MK Chamber of Commerce event in July. He spoke with them about me and my areas of interest, and they said that the OU could offer me what's called a 'digital technology solutions apprenticeship' so I could further my knowledge whilst still working at CMC.
"It was a win-win for everyone!"
My experiences of working for CMC have always been positive since I started. They're very keen to support new people, and I've gained a tremendous amount from working here over this past year.
Being presented with this fabulous opportunity to progress even further and refine my current skillset was really exciting as soon as I heard about it. Through the OU degree, the specialism I am going for is that of a Cybersecurity Analyst.
This is about our customer's data security and is a highly significant area in today's IT industry as hackers and malware are becoming more and more prolific. It supports our work with GDPR and also contributes to our ISO 27001 certification.
"Without a doubt, I appreciate being offered this opportunity!"
I've always believed that apprenticeship schemes are a very good idea. I knew that learning while working is simply the most efficient and beneficial way of progressing in the IT industry and I just couldn't justify another 4 years in education and a huge amount of debt to service when I eventually got a job.
The fact that I can now gain 4-5 years of industry experience alongside earning a BSc honours degree, and get paid for it all, is a perfect deal in my eyes.
So I'm ready to take on the challenges that this apprenticeship will bring me as I know I have the support of both CMC and the OU behind me. That's a colossal amount of confidence in me, and I won't let either of them down.
"Would you like to know more?"
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Until next time ...
You can learn more about degree apprenticeships with the Open University by clicking here.
Apprentice IT Technician at CMC IT, Alex has been developing his IT skills here at CMC for the past year. Recently starting a Cyber Security Analyst professionals apprenticeship with the Open University, Alex is looking to gain a degree qualification alongside a vast range of experience thanks to CMC.
An innovative and adaptable worker with an attentive and outgoing personality Alex is continually expanding his IT knowledge and refining his abilities to become a key member of the IT team.