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Apprenticeship leads to new permanent role with Carlisle based Digital Agency

Alan Saunders
Alan Saunders

[C]arlisle based digital agency, Hydrant’s newest recruit has actually been with the company for over a year. That’s because their new Junior Developer, Alan Saunders, has just successfully completed his Drupal Web Developer Apprenticeship with the company.

Alan, 24, is from Carlisle and had previously attended Trinity School and Carlisle College, where he completed a BTEC Level 3 in IT and a Foundation Degree in Computing. Alan applied for the apprenticeship after the Hydrant team gave a talk about the scheme at Carlisle College, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Alan says, “The great thing about the apprenticeship is that it’s not just learning about the theory in the classroom, you actually get to implement what you learn on day-to-day projects. Working alongside others also helps develop those other important life skills such as; communication and time management, as well as learning more about Drupal.

Alan recently attended a group training day in Manchester where all the apprentices met up for training sessions delivered by people from within the Drupal community. “It’s good to meet up with the other apprentices at group training days. It allows us to share our knowledge and experiences,” says Alan. “As an apprentice, you certainly get to do and learn a lot, especially where Drupal is concerned.”

Alan’s Drupal Web Developer Apprenticeship started in the Autumn of 2015 with two weeks of intensive boot camp training, designed and delivered by seasoned Drupal professionals. London based IT training company, Happy Computers, also provided two days of training per month during Alan’s apprenticeship to supplement workplace learning and develop his skillset.

Hydrant’s founder, Leo White says, “Hiring a Drupal Apprentice has been a great way to strengthen the productivity and profitability of our team by gaining a young, enthusiastic and talented addition to our workforce. Speaking as an employer, the apprenticeship has been a very cost effective way of building our team resources, while helping develop Alan’s skills and experience across a range of projects.”

Extra support was on hand throughout Alan’s placement from trainers, mentors, managers and colleagues as well as existing and past apprentices. And It’s not just been good for business. Hiring a Drupal Apprentice has helped Hydrant have a positive effect on the Drupal open source community, and on the local community as well.

“Alan has made a valuable contribution to the Drupal development community as well as to Hydrant and in turn we’ve been able to offer secure employment to him and the opportunity to retain his skills and experience within the local economy,” says Leo.

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