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Apprentice of the Month: Joe Barker (April 2019) - Apprenticeships

When students are given opportunities – great things can happen. 

Read Joe’s experience of being an apprentice at New Line Learning Academy

I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful to be nominated as an apprentice of the month. This is an achievement I will take forward with me and feel that this is the best start of what looks to be a promising career. At New Line Learning Academy I learn something new every day, not just about the job role, but life and communication skills. The apprenticeship has given me the skill set I need to come out of education and into the real world. I feel truly privileged to have been offered this apprenticeship. Since working at New Line Learning my confidence has grown and I have gained valuable experience in the workplace/IT environment. The working/personal relationships I have built up with my colleagues have been invaluable. 

Joe’s employer also had some great things to say about him being part of their team: 

During Joe’s apprenticeship, it has been a pleasure to watch Joe grow as a person. Joe’s technical knowledge has gone from strength-to-strength and Joe’s ability to retain knowledge/new skills is very impressive. He has built fantastic working relationships with his colleagues and students, is incredibly approachable, and one of the easiest people to get on with. Joe goes above and beyond within New Line Learning, working overtime, helping different departments and helping with school events. If Joe continues at this pace, I anticipate he will have a very successful career. It has been an honour to mentor him. 

Joe’s training officer put Joe forward for apprentice of the month - read why Joe was nominated: 

Since joining the College just over a year ago, I have observed and assessed Joe's effective participation in the IT Applications Specialist Level 2 programme. In my opinion, despite joining the programme as a novice, he has worked extremely well and has used his IT skills well, alongside his willingness to support colleagues in classroom settings. Joe's assignment reports are of a good standard, which shows his attention to detail as well as research and information handling abilities. 
 
His employer has also displayed a significant involvement in Joe's training and assessment, which is good practice; I am glad to nominate Joe and I believe he deserves the recognition – well done!  

Continue with this great attitude, Joe. 


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