King Edward VII student, Elliott Armitage was sitting his GCSEs when he decided to take the step into employment and embark on an apprenticeship. Now, almost a year on, 17 year old Elliott is on track to complete his Level 3 Sales and Marketing Apprenticeship with Sheffield IT firm, Affinity IT Services.
The natural path for Elliott would have been to go onto the school’s sixth form but his predicted grades meant he wasn’t guaranteed a place. “I’d assumed I would go onto sixth form and study business, but I wasn’t predicted a high enough grade in English and I didn’t want to go to college or to university, so an apprenticeship was ideal” explains Elliott.
Elliott set about looking for apprenticeship opportunities and found the Affinity IT vacancy through The Source Academy – with an interest in IT the role was perfect and he was successful at interview and took the role as Trainee Account Manager.
Talking about his experience he says, “I was determined to find an active role where I could work independently within a domestic business, as I really wanted some experience within the IT sector.
“IT is one of the fastest growing business types, especially for millennials so in my opinion the role fitted me perfectly and was worth applying for even if I was not 100% sure on what my job role would be.
“I really enjoy my job and working for Affinity and I hope to work here as an independent member of the Affinity team and continue to help the growth of this professional, fun and proactive business.
“Being able to share my experience with new apprentices and supporting their growth within this same role in a few years’ time is also something I would like the opportunity to do.”
Elliott would happily recommend an apprenticeship to other school leavers saying, “I have found my apprenticeship to be invaluable, I’ve had amazing support from my Source Tutor who has given me the knowledge to better fulfil my role and set me up for my future. I did end up with an A in English so I could have gone to sixth form, but I don’t regret my decision for a minute and I’d tell anyone who is considering an apprenticeship to go for it.”
What Elliott's Employers say:
Commenting on Elliott’s commitment and impact at the company, Managing Director, Colin Beaumont said, “Managed and coached by our own David Capel, Elliott has really grown into his role as Junior Account Manager here at Affinity. Numerous customers who have become aware of his age have commented on Elliott’s maturity and professionalism and how they belie his years.
“Elliott has directly played a part in bringing new clients to Affinity for IT Services and Telecoms, including large multinational organisation. In addition to fulfilling his normal duties Elliott continues to grow and interpret situations, spotting opportunities for himself and Affinity. He is certainly one of our biggest success stories.
“Apprentices in Accounting, Sales and Technical roles have played a key part in the growth of Affinity over the last few years. Our industry is traditionally a particularly stressful and cutthroat one so having a team who can be relied on and support each other is essential. Our successful apprentices have indeed fitted into this ethos and adopted our values across the board.”