One of the things we embed throughout our apprenticeship learning programmes are opportunities to gain work skills as well as academic knowledge. Our apprentices learn a lot on the job, but we also want to help them future proof their skills by expanding their communication, project management and collaboration skills, something they may not always get chance to do first hand in the workplace in the early days of their apprenticeship.
Last week, a group of our Software Developer apprentices presented the results from a project task they’ve been working on for the last 12 weeks as part of their training time. The apprentices were tasked with developing an online system for the college, given a brief and asked to present the product back to a panel of employers and MK College tutors.
Using the Belbin team roles assessment, apprentices were placed into roles that best fit their strengths and personality traits. Having this opportunity to experience a real brief, project manage and work collaboratively as a team was a new experience for many but the apprentices rose to the task and delivered some excellent ideas.
Jorden Ives, Software Developer Apprentice at Debit Finance said: “I enjoyed getting the chance to experience what it would be like to work to a client brief and with a new team. We had some bumps along the way but once we improved our communication and managed the workflow using some online tools, we were able to work much more efficiently. It was great to get the chance to develop these skills”.
To find out more about apprenticeships at MK College visit: https://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships/