WIRRAL CHARITY ‘AUTISM TOGETHER’ CHAMPIONS IT APPRENTICESHIPS
Autism Together recently took on two apprentices to work in their IT department, something they have had much success with before. Here we hear from one of their IT apprentices, Matthew Bonner.
The organisation’s IT Team have been successfully employing apprentices since 2016. Their first IT apprentice is still with the charity and has progressed to the role of Senior IT Technician. One of their apprentices moved on to work for an IT Service company, while another became a Mechanical Engineer for the RAF.
Matthew Bonner commenced his IT apprenticeship in May 2023 and gives his thoughts on how it’s gone so far…
“The reason I decided to do an apprenticeship was because I have always wanted to have an IT centred role. Venturing into an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to gain experience within an IT environment whilst also participating in off the job learning, with support from the apprenticeship provider and my employer.”
“The apprenticeship so far has been good. Trying to balance workload as well as keeping on track with the apprenticeship can be tough, but I believe it will all be worth it thanks to the skills and experiences that will be acquired once complete.”
“The reason the apprenticeship has been so beneficial is down to a combination o the tailored learning experience along with professional development. It is providing me with foundation for career progression and can open doors for new roles and higher-level positions with the correct knowledge and practical experience.”
“Overall my experience within Autism together has been a pleasure. There is a supportive work culture in place to provide a sense of belonging which in turn has contributed to my overall job satisfaction and enthusiasm towards professional development. The mutual support from colleagues sharing knowledge and expertise has created a positive atmosphere, knowing that they they are willing to assist when needed.”