18 Jul Apprentice Joins The Team
A software company has taken on another full-time apprentice with the aim of increasing the business’s online presence while helping to create a skilled workforce for the future.
B1 Systems has been boosted by the appointment of 17-year-old digital marketing apprentice, Will Sellers, who has joined the team at the company’s Uttoxeter office.
Although he doesn’t start his 18-month Level 3 Digital Marketing Course at the Derby College Roundhouse until September, Will is already getting stuck in to his full-time role at B1 Systems.
Since starting in June, the young apprentice has been busy raising the company’s digital profile, including compiling marketing databases, setting up a Twitter account, designing logos and branding and liaising with web developers and PR companies.
For Will it means real on the job training where he can put theory into practise, and for B1 Systems it means a dedicated, consistent approach to digital marketing for the first time.
B1 Systems Director, Sak Sahota, said: “There are lots of business benefits to hiring an apprentice, but what we really wanted was someone who is keen, hungry and willing to learn.
“Will is already becoming a great asset to the business. He has taken ownership of the role and is bringing real consistency to our digital marketing strategy. This has given us the opportunity to implement new things and has freed up my time to concentrate on other areas of the business.
“Our goal is to build a team of people who want to work with B1 Systems for the long term and that means investing time and effort into their development. At the same time, Will’s course will cover all the latest digital marketing techniques and trends and he will be able to bring that valuable information back to the business.”
Will, from Derby, previously completed one year of A levels before deciding it wasn’t for him, but he was keen to learn and wanted to be busy.
“I took a course in something similar at school and really enjoyed it, so when I saw the vacancy advertised at B1 Systems I applied straight away. I was visited by assessors from the Roundhouse who told me all about the course,” Will said.
“To be honest I thought I’d mostly be making the tea, but I’m actually doing work that is valuable to my own development. I can’t believe how much I have already learned and been responsible for. I’m really enjoying it. I’m now earning while learning and will hopefully get a job with B1 Systems at the end of it. I’m looking forward to starting the course in September, one day a week, and bringing lots of useful skills back to implement in the office.”
Both Sak and Will would recommend apprenticeships to other employers and young people.
Sak said: “Although this is our first full-time apprentice in Uttoxeter, we have had an intern before for short periods and it is a very valuable process, both for the apprentices and for the business. The right person can excel quickly if they are willing. We are also giving back to the community by helping to provide relevant professional and life skills to the next generation of workers.
“The college helps find the right candidate and fill out all the necessary forms, the Government funds the course and we pay the apprenticeship wages. I would thoroughly recommend it to other businesses.”
B1 Systems is a SAP Silver Partner and has been providing SAP Business One training, support and implementation services for more than 10 years.