Robert Powell - Managing Director of Integrated Payment Solutions Ltd said:

We are an IT Software and Hardware Business based in Tottenham, North London and have been working with Barnet and Southgate College for the last three years. We have had a phenomenal experience employing two apprentices. They are both such hard working individuals that make the business full of life.

We currently have two apprentices from Barnet and Southgate College; Donovan is 22, and is studying IT Level 2 at the College. His role involves general IT, support calls and helping solve technical issues. Secondly we employ Jade who is 20, she was studying Business Administration at the College last year but is now studying Accounting. She is in charge of all our administration work and accounts. Donovan started in July 2016 and Jade started in December 2015.

It’s important for us to continually work with Barnet and Southgate College to gain knowledge of any upcoming events that are happening that we can attend and find out if we can employ any new apprentices. We also stay in contact to keep updated on how they are doing.

I did have a slight misconception about apprenticeships before we worked with the College. As I thought maybe studying a course whilst working full time maybe a bit daunting for the apprentices, but they have only complemented their day at college as there is a lot of time during that day they can complete their work. So it has been a success for us.

The highlight of employing apprentices is undoubtedly winning the accolade of being on the country’s top 100 employers in the Apprentice of the Year 2016 awards, which is run by the National Apprenticeship Service. I genuinely was honoured to be recognised and I am so proud of all my employees. I have not had any negative aspects of employing apprentices in fact they benefit my organisation; apprenticeships provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future.

Would I recommend taking on an apprentice or working with Barnet and Southgate College? Yes, I would 100% recommend both.

Donovan, aged 22, IT student and Apprentice from Barnet and Southgate College said:

The apprenticeship programme has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience in multiple areas, improve my confidence and ultimately helped me identify my future career goals.

Integrated Payment Solutions - Email: Tel: 0845 468 1168 or Mob: 07704 655057

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