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On the 7th of January we attended an apprenticeships forum at St Mary's Senior School in Cambridge. Softwerx managing director, David Smart spoke to over 60 young women and their parents about the skills and opportunities an apprenticeship offers and the foundation it can provide for a long and successful career.

"IT is an industry that's constantly changing, evolving and reinventing itself. If you're interested in technology and enjoy a challenge, IT can be a very rewarding career path. Being based in Cambridge also offers a wide and substantial range of opportunities for someone looking to hone their technical and professional skills."

Joshua Oliver is one of Softwerx's support engineers who started as an apprentice. He explains why it was a good option for him, "The apprenticeship was definitely worth it. I feel like I've learned so much more than I would have if I'd gone to uni. For me, the big benefits were on-the-job training, getting paid while I was learning and not having a large uni debt to pay off now. Plus I really like working in IT."

An apprenticeship at Softwerx usually lasts between one and two years and involves a range of on-the-job and ongoing vocational and product training. As we are a Microsoft partner, our apprentices undertake the formal Microsoft Apprenticeship programme and are based full-time in our Cambridge office. Our apprentices get involved in the business from the outset—working on the Helpdesk, performing PC builds and routine system and back-up checks. It's a fast-moving and dynamic environment—our apprentices are never bored.

Softwerx is currently recruiting for two Microsoft IT Apprentices. If you know someone who might fit the bill or would like more information, please get in touch.

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