Meet Joe Blessett-Williams - Apprentice in IT office

I’ve been interested in computers for as long as I can remember, and spent some time dabbling with programming before completing a Double BTEC in ICT alongside A Level Computing and Maths. A lot of people wanted to go to University after college but I decided it wasn’t really for me, so chose to go…

By Vodafone

I’ve been interested in computers for as long as I can remember, and spent some time dabbling with programming before completing a Double BTEC in ICT alongside A Level Computing and Maths. A lot of people wanted to go to University after college but I decided it wasn’t really for me, so chose to go down the apprenticeship route instead.

A friend spotted an advert for a Vodafone apprenticeship and I thought I’d give it a go. The interview process was simple; starting with a video interview then moving to a face-to-face meeting at the HQ in Newbury. After that, I was offered a 2 year scheme with the chance to earn a Foundation Degree at the end. For me, this was the perfect alternative to University as I was able to go straight into work and earn myself a qualification whilst I was there.

Vodafone is a very exciting place to work and I’m treated the same way any other member of staff would be, so I don’t necessarily feel like an apprentice.  When you start, they assign you a mentor who’s there to help show you around and offer any support you might need. It’s a great experience because you get to do a variety of different jobs, working alongside a team who are always happy to help out if you’re not sure what to do, or simply need a helping hand. You’re definitely not expected to make cups of tea or do jobs that other people don’t want to do!

A typical day for me includes  working alongside contractors, giving them everything they need to keep themselves on track, and reporting things back to managers. My team is in charge of making sure everyone has up to date laptops with the latest software. Recently we’ve upgraded 7,000 UK employees to Windows 10, with our end goal being 12,000.

The HQ is a great environment to work in. It’s a modern building with lots of facilities on offer for employees. I like being able to take 10 minutes away from my desk to sit outside in one of the pods, or grabbing a coffee at Starbucks. I also enjoy the gym and make time to go there before lunch every day.

I would definitely recommend Vodafone to anyone who’s looking to take their first steps into the workplace. It’s a great place for apprenticeships as you get to experience a genuine working environment where you’re really treated like a member of the team. I’m considering working for Vodafone full time following my apprenticeship too, because I’ve enjoyed my time here!

To explore apprenticeships at Vodafone, visit our Apprentices page here 

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