National Apprenticeship Week: Employee Highlight – Michael Gullick

Katie Shacklock - February 11, 2021
National Apprenticeship Week: Employee Highlight – Michael Gullick

The 14th National Apprenticeship Week is held between 8-14 February this year. Paul Blore, Netmetix’s Managing Director, said “We see apprentices as our strategic path to building and developing our skilled team for the future.

“Our skills requirements aren’t readily available on the jobs market, so our best route is to develop it ourselves through apprentices. That way, we can train them in precisely what we need, whilst also instilling the right attitude and culture for Netmetix.”

To celebrate this week, we decided to ask our apprentice, Michael Gullick, a few questions about why he chose to do an apprenticeship and how he’s finding working at Netmetix during a pandemic!

What is your current role at Netmetix?

Apprentice Infrastructure Technician

What does your apprenticeship role entail?

My main roles within the apprenticeship are; providing support to our customers through the helpdesk, working on a learning program with our apprentice training provider, studying and taking a range of exams to gain further IT related qualifications and working on a portfolio.

When did you start your apprenticeship and how long does it last for?

I started my apprenticeship with Netmetix in September 2020, and it lasts for 15 months.

What made you choose an apprenticeship, instead of other training or educational pathways?

I have always been a practical learner, therefore an apprenticeship was best suited for me as I could learn new things about IT whilst implementing it within a work environment. I believe putting the theory into practice this way is a more beneficial way of learning for me.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Netmetix?

I would have to say how much I have learnt whilst being here. Everyone is incredibly knowledgeable and are always teaching me new things about IT. Besides the learning, the Netmetix team have made me feel very welcome since I started and have helped me settle.

How has your role had to adapt during Covid-19 and the lockdowns?

We are required to work at home throughout lockdown and during the peak of the pandemic. This means I have had to adapt to working more independently from home rather than the office and learn everything remotely.

What has been the best thing about lockdown for you?

It’s difficult to try and look at the positives of a negative situation, but being able to stay at home more with family and having to travel less has been nice.

What has been the worst thing about lockdown for you?

I would have to say not being able to live life as normal and not being able to see family members and go out with friends. From a work perspective, not being able to go into the office has been a disadvantage as working in the same space as my colleagues really helps keep me motivated, and I learn a lot from them.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Sometimes you have to fail to learn”

As a young person failure is what often intimidates me, however, it needs to be looked at as a point of learning, reflection on how to improve.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming an apprentice take a look at the National Apprenticeship Week’s website here. Or, if you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship with Netmetix in the future please fill out the contact form here and one of our team will be in touch with you.