Winning the Wirral Apprentice of the Year title at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Awards this month has marked a milestone in an outstanding journey for one young man from the Wirral and his training provider, Mercia Partnership.
Medical set backs
Adam Hill, now 20, left school at 16 with gaps in his skills and qualifications. A medical condition had led to him missing a whole year of school in Year 10, and experiencing a mixture of home and hospital-based teaching in Year 11.
After completing some basic IT and Key Skills training, Adam, then aged 16, decided that a career in computing was for him. He contacted a local firm, asking for unpaid work experience. Despite being turned down on a number of occasions, Adam persisted and the company, Proper Geeks, finally agreed that he could work in their workshop for a morning each week.
Committed team member
Adam’s relationship with Proper Geeks grew and, after he had proved himself to be a committed member of the team, the company happily agreed to support him in undertaking an Apprenticeship.
After researching local Apprenticeship training providers, Adam and Proper Geeks approached Mercia Partnership and Adam enrolled on an Apprenticeship in ICT Support with them. Mercia Partnership also provided him with training to boost his maths and English skills. After completing his Apprenticeship, Adam progressed onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which he has also successfully finished.
Throughout both his Apprenticeships training, Adam continued to work diligently in his job at Proper Geeks. As time has passed, Adam’s contribution to the business has increased significantly. He has learned new skills for the company, and put partnerships and processes into place which save Proper Geeks both time and money. Adam is now the main mobile PC engineer for the company and drives his Proper Geeks van around the Wirral, serving computers at both customers’ houses and business premises.
Steve McGovern of Proper Geeks said:
“We were worried at first that the extra workload of training an apprentice would mean that our business would suffer, but it’s been quite the opposite and, with Adam’s help, we’re now thriving.
“We first met Adam as a raw, shy and underdeveloped individual but he has continually taken on extra responsibilities and exceeded our expectations. He has not only won the trust of some of our most respected customers, but he has flourished to become approachable, knowledgeable and pragmatic.”
A career to be proud of
Speaking about his Apprenticeship journey Adam said:
“Missing so much school due to being ill made both my skills and my confidence suffer. I knew I wanted to work with computers and my training with Mercia Partnership, combined with the fantastic support I’ve received from Proper Geeks, has meant that I now have skills and a career to be proud of.”
Positive impact on individuals and businesses
Sandra Birchall, sales and marketing manager at Mercia Partnership, said:
“Adam has achieved a huge amount since undertaking his Apprenticeship and deserves all of the recognition and career success he’s enjoying.
“The progress that Adam has made has, in turn, allowed Proper Geeks to grow as a company, and is a perfect illustration of the positive impact that Apprenticeships have on both individuals and businesses.”
Stan Pochron, chief executive of the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF), the organisation which sponsored the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards, said:
“Adam has my warmest congratulations on both his award and his achievements as a whole. His story highlights how the combined encouragement of a supportive training provider and a committed employer can really work to drive the success of a dedicated young person to succeed.”