Interview with Sam Luton, IT Apprentice for Alderley
At the heart of our business is our people. As our business grows and developments we need bright talent, fresh ideas and people who are passionate about their career. We have recently interviewed one of our latest recruits to find out his views about starting a new career at Alderley.
Sam Luton, is an Information Communication Technician Apprentice for Alderley at our Wickwar Office.
Sam joins us at a very exciting time as the business is investing in new technology to future-proof the business, and support both its current markets and new opportunities. Having recently begun his journey with us, we sat down with Sam recently to discuss his apprenticeship and his next steps.n
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Sam, I’m 19 and live locally to Alderley’s headquarters in Wickwar, UK. I’ve recently completed my A-levels and have been lucky finding the apprenticeship opportunity at Alderley as it gives me access to the career route I want to pursue.
What made you choose a career in IT?
My Dad has worked in the IT industry for as long as I can remember, so I’ve always been around it. It seemed like a natural direction for me to go in as I’ve been interested in Cyber Security for a few years. I love that IT is a constantly evolving and growing industry so there is lots of opportunity to learn and develop.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship rather than using another route into IT?
Personally, I find learning through hands on experience more effective than just learning the theory of something. The apprenticeship I am doing is great as once I have completed it, I will have the qualifications needed to further my career.
What attracted you to the apprenticeship program with Alderley?
I had met some of the Alderley team at my school and found them to be approachable and knowledgeable which encouraged me to apply for the role with them. In my interview, I was really surprised at how interested my interviewer was in getting to know me. When I started my apprenticeship, it felt like a was a part of the family instantly which made me feel at ease.
How have you found your first month working at Alderley?
I have really enjoyed my first month. My mentor Stephen has been keeping me busy and teaching me new skills. Being made to feel welcome by everyone at Alderley has really helped as well. When working, I feel appreciated and, despite my relative inexperience, I am treated like a person not a number which really makes a difference.
What do you hope to achieve within the next 3 months?
I aim to get to know the team and our different departments as this will allow me to support them better. I will be working towards becoming more independent and to build my confidence with my daily tasks.
Alderley’s Group IT Manager, Chris Sandford has commented
‘’I am very pleased that Sam joins us as our IT Apprentice.
As a development role, Sam will be following a remote learning path through our chosen partner Estio to obtain his Support Technician certification and will learn key fundamental skills through his mentor Stephen Hole, Support & Infrastructure Lead.
It is always fantastic to see Alderley bringing in young people and helping them get a head start in their chosen careers.’’
Our approach is simple: we are a relationship-based business, and our people are our most important asset. We are keen to work with young people interested in in our industry and together we can focus on developing your skills and giving you the best possible start to your career with us.
We’re passionate about breaking down the stereotypes associated with our industry to make it a place where difference is recognised as a strength and talented people can achieve their highest potential.
If you’re interested in an early career with us, please take a look at our latest apprenticeship opportunities here: www.alderley.com/careers