Inside Ina4... Meet Connor Britton
Apprentice Web Developer!
As a digital agency, we believe in, and are passionate about, creating new opportunities for both clients, and employees, of Ina4.
Apprenticeships seem to have become more popular, over more recent years. In fact, in 2015/16 there were 509,400 apprenticeship starts in England, which has increased significantly over the past 10 years, and is more than 9,500 more than the previous year!
So, here at Ina4 we made the decision to take on an apprentice of our own, to join our web development team at our Wigan office.
I asked Connor, a few questions about his role and his time at Ina4 so far…
What is the name of your apprenticeship course?
Level 4 Website Development
How long have you been an apprentice with Ina4?
I joined the Ina4 team around June 2016, so just over a year
Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
After completing my Level 3 course at Wigan and Leigh College, I decided to go down the work route rather than studying further at university. So, when the vacancy came up to work for Ina4, as an apprentice web developer, I applied instantly
What does your day at Ina4 generally consist of?
My day consists of running our support desk and helping our various clients with their support requests, and queries, whether that be through email or on the phone, creating e-newsletters… and also making the best cups of tea in the office!
What are the highlights of what you have learnt in your apprenticeship so far?
The main highlight is that not every day is the same, and you find yourself dealing with different clients, with different requests, each day.
What kind of things would you like to learn more about going forward?
As I enter the second year of my apprenticeship, I would like to enhance my knowledge in different development languages and frameworks such as, PHP and Bootstrap.
Outside of your course, what other things do you think you have learnt from your apprenticeship at Ina4?
I would say that I have learned how fast paced the website industry is as a whole, and how websites are constantly changing over time in terms of design, and development, to keep up with current trends and the way users are viewing websites.
I also spoke with one of our directors, Andy Marshall, to get a bit more of an insight about their experience with hiring an apprentice…
Why did you choose to take on an apprentice?
We wanted to bring someone in with a base skillset and help them to develop around our business; leading and guiding them into becoming a strong web developer over time.
How do you feel the business has benefited from having an apprentice as part of the team?
Connor has fitted in really well with the team, and has helped to provide a very high level of 1st line support for our clients.
Would you recommend that more businesses should hire apprentices?
Yes, as long as they show a mature attitude and strong work ethic.