Remit Apprentice Wins Microsoft Apprentice of the Year

July 1, 2013

Remit IT Academy apprentice, Jamie Sauvarin, was named the Microsoft Apprentice of the year at the company’s national awards.

The Surrey based young person is employed at BrightStarr Ltd in Eashing, and works with the Remit team in our London based IT Academy. Jamie was chosen from hundreds of apprentices from across the UK to receive this accolade.

He was presented with his award by the Minister of State for Employment, Mark Hoban, at a special ceremony on Monday 24th June at the House of Commons.

Jamie said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Brightstarr so far and I’m so happy to have won this award. My apprenticeship has made me even keener to work in IT and has given me a chance to get the skills I need to do that. I would like to say thank you to Microsoft, BrightStarr and Remit for giving me this opportunity.”

Jamie was nominated by his employer for his hard work and commitment throughout his apprenticeship. He was commended in particular for managing the difficulty of moving to a different training provider halfway through his apprenticeship.

Remit was selected to help Jamie complete his apprenticeship, but the transition did mean Jamie’s learning took longer than anticipated. He was commended by his assessor, manager and colleagues for maintaining a positive attitude towards the difficulties, all of which were out of his control.

Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, said: “There is a huge wealth of talent here in the UK and it’s really important to celebrate the achievements of these apprentices who have developed their skills and started an apprenticeship during tough economic times. These young people are now firmly on the career ladder as 93% of Microsoft apprentices stay with our partner businesses and move into a fully qualified role.”

Mark Hoban MP, Minister of State for Employment, said: “This government is committed to ensuring our young people are given the best chance to get on in life. In order for the scheme to work we rely on businesses like Microsoft opening their doors to aspirational young people, giving them the opportunity to gain the skills and training they need to get into work.”

Remit is one of just four training providers working alongside Microsoft in the UK to deliver apprenticeships. The company has IT Academies in the North, South (London) and the Midlands, with apprentices working with local employers across the country.

The IT apprenticeship can be completed in twelve months and is a combination of training and experience with an employer coupled with off-the-job training blocks. Once they have completed their training, apprentices will have gained qualifications equivalent to A Levels.

To apply, applicants must have G.C.S.E grades of C or above in Maths and English. If you have predicted G.C.S.E grades for this year’s exams, this would also be accepted for an initial application.

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