With over 15 years’ experience in the IT support services industry in Hull, Ability IT have gained a strong reputation for IT service, IT consultancy and managed IT in Hull since 2000. They’ve also gained a strong reputation for providing quality, engaging work experience opportunities to young people throughout the area.
Work experience, or at the very least the opportunity to engage with employers plays a huge role in shaping what a young person does next. It provides real life careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and is a great way to put a working context to what is being learnt in the classroom.
Vicky O’Grady, Business Development Manager at Ability IT said: “At Ability IT we feel it’s incredibly important to get involved with showcasing careers in our industry whilst young people are still in school and engaging with them and educate them about the range of opportunities within the field of IT.
“We are very proud of our work experience programme that was launched this year which has provided real work experiences to five school and college pupils. Our programme engages young people and incorporates CV advice, social media, letter writing and telephone training, reception and admin skills, online research exercises, presentation training, shadowing engineers both in the office and out in the field, our sales and marketing department and additional signposting of appropriate online courses, ending with a final evaluation of their time spent with us so that we can make improvements to support future placements.
“We have provided almost 4 months of work experience for young people to date this year, one of whom has gone on to become our new apprentice.”
Cameron Hoy, who spent 2 weeks with Ability IT on their work experience programme whist studying at Wyke College showed real promise. He’s since returned via an Apprenticeship as an IT Engineer, proving that offering work experience is a great way of spotting talent and planning for future recruitment. Cameron commented: “My time at Ability IT so far has been has been an educational milestone and an eye opener to the working world. I have learnt a lot of new things regarding hardware and software in both servers and PC’s. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m looking forward to the rest of my apprenticeship with them.”