Case study

Apprentice — Luke Johnson

A keen interest in technology prompted Luke to apply for a BT technical networking apprenticeship. Find out what he enjoys about his role...

How did you find and apply for your apprenticeship?

I found an advert for this particular apprenticeship in a local newspaper and applied online. I then got through to an assessment centre at Adastral Park, BT's Global Research and Development Headquarters.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I have a keen interest in technology which prompted me to start looking around after I failed to get into medical school.

I considered taking a gap year and applying again but was really intrigued as to what BT could offer, especially as they were launching BT Sport at the time - football is a particular passion of mine.

How does the apprenticeship work?

I am currently completing a three-year higher apprenticeship in a technical networking role. During this time I'll receive a sponsored foundation degree at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), a level 4 NVQ and also build up lots of on-the-job training and experience, which is invaluable in today's job market.

With an apprenticeship you get the best of both worlds and come out the other side work-ready and qualified.

What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?

I love all of the opportunities and extras I've been able to get involved with. The chance to make a significant and positive impact on the company and those you volunteer for is such a fulfilling feeling and something that I want to carry on for the rest of my BT career.

The highlight of my apprenticeship has been a careers evening solely arranged by my #SPARKanInterest Challenge Cup team, which was an incredible success. The feedback we received from both BT and the guests who attended was amazing.

Knowing we have had a positive impact on someone's life, as well as helping the business to engage with lots more students was very uplifting.

What has been the most challenging part?

Completing a foundation degree and NVQ alongside my day-job, which includes project work, can be quite intensive but challenges are a huge part of a BT apprenticeship.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to complete the top-up course to get a full degree and I'd then love to work in a role that keeps me deeply involved with the school engagement and apprenticeship framework.

What advice would you give others who are planning to do an apprenticeship?

Do the legwork and show initiative - get work experience, attend events held by the recruiting company and make them aware of you before you even apply. A lot can be said for setting a great first impression.

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