Here at Silicon Alley, we like to invest in the future and give back to the community that supports our business. Part of that is the work we do for local youth development.
We have in the past and continue to take on apprentices, graduate interns, and work experience students from local schools.
Our first apprentice Yasmin, taken on at 16 in 2011, quickly became an invaluable member of the team, having been recently promoted to Administration and Office Manager, an incredible achievement. We have since taken on a second apprentice, Laura who is 17 and is now assisting and learning more about her role with Yasmin. The pair make up our admin team and carry out a wide range of critically important responsibilities.
We periodically take on workshop apprentices, and have done so since 2011. They work with Martin and Mike, our senior technicians and assist them with a wide variety of tasks and learn a variety of skills.
So far we have employed three graduate interns. Mark Cavanagh, taken on in 2011 stayed with us until 2012, working as our marketing executive. He has since moved on to become a Marketing Communications associate at another organisation. We have just, as of September 2013, taken on a new marketing executive, Sam Suthurst who has recently graduated from the University of Exeter.
Our most recent work experience program was held in 2013 after a successful pilot hosted in 2012. We worked with the Plume school to launch a two week ICT work experience program for six year ten pupils. Our unique program allows pupils to not only explore future career progression in ICT but also to get an insight into the working world and being part of a working environment. The pupils also visited local universities and colleges to explore career progression, and took part in training days at the Plume school in IT network support, web design, and animation.
In addition to this we are always more than willing to come into schools to discuss careers, work experience and share our expertise. In the last few weeks we have attended a Dragon’s Den event at The Plume School, Maldon where two of us acted as Business Advisors and a Career’s Event also at The Plume where we discussed career paths in IT and our personal experiences.