A Nescot Computing student has been named one of the best apprentices in the country.
Andrew Mays, a software developer at Epsom-based Bidatask Ltd, was highly commended in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category in the South Central region of the National Apprenticeship Award’s regional finals.
Andrew said his most significant achievement has been a year spent researching, designing, developing and testing a software product called My-Tuner.
The product, which is now ready for the market, aims to save energy, eliminate buffering, increase computer speed and improve the user’s overall experience.
"The development of this project will benefit the company with the success it has achieved, and will enable me to prepare for the future with more confidence," said Andrew.
Andrew said he had chosen a Higher Apprenticeship because he enjoys self-learning and the practical side of application programming.
"What motivates me is the ability to see the results of the project, and being able to put my learning into practice in the real world of technology," he added.
Andrew works in a team of four engineers and mentors newer apprentices, and said he is aiming to reach a point where he manages a team of developers.
"The apprenticeship programme has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life," he added.
Sage Lal, Head of Computing at Nescot, described the award as an honour, and said the whole department was behind Andrew.
"I am very proud of my team and the calibre of student that we are able to produce," he added. "This is only possible through the hard work and determination of the staff, students and the visionary employers we work with."
Bidatask Ltd was established in 2010, taking on Andrew two years later, and said employing an apprentice had changed the way the company approached research and development.
"Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, and events like the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase how beneficial they are to both employers and individuals," said Skills Minister Nick Boles.
"It is fast becoming the norm for young people to choose between an apprenticeship and university as a route to a great career."
The regional awards were held in Winchester’s Great Hall on September 11, and the winners of each category will go through to the National Apprenticeship Award finals at the Skills Show in November.