Young apprentices recognised in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 September 2014

Cosmic IT apprentices complete their consultancy courses. Ref mhh 4350-38-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Cosmic IT apprentices complete their consultancy courses. Ref mhh 4350-38-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A team of young apprentices have been recognised after completing a year-long training programme with Honiton-based IT business - Cosmic.

The six young people started their apprenticeships last September - bringing with them their own skills, knowledge and abilities to the IT and consultancy business, which is based at the East Devon Business Centre.

A special celebration afternoon was held to mark the occasion.

Cosmic chief executive Julie Hawker said: “Cosmic’s journey in running a full one-year apprenticeship programme for six young people has been exciting, challenging and highly rewarding.

“More local businesses need to look seriously at how they could bring local young talent into their businesses and help to generate a new dimension to the local workforce based on this approach.”

This is the first time Cosmic has taken on six apprentices, which was made possible through a regional growth fund.

As part of the programme the apprentices spent time working on services such as web, training, technical support, social media and digital marketing.

Several of Cosmic’s clients signed up to become pilot businesses for the apprentice programme. The apprentices were then assigned to a client and service such as web development or social media strategy and helped with the delivery of the service from start to finish. They received glowing feedback from the clients.

Two of the apprentices have already secured employment in other organisations, while two have stayed on with Cosmic.


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