A FORMER IT support worker who left school at 16 and struggled to find his vocation has finally managed to kick-start his career in web development after starting an apprenticeship.

Jaimie Warburton, of Caerphilly, has always had an interest in IT and web development but since leaving school found it difficult to get his career on track.

After working as an IT support officer at a variety of different businesses, Mr Warburton became despondent about his career and craved the opportunity to get his foot in the door of a web design company, however without any formal qualifications in web development or relevant work experience he struggled to secure a job.

He decided to go freelance for a short period of time in order to gain some experience and before long came across the opportunity to do a Level Four apprenticeship in Front-End Web Development with IT Pie in Penarth.

Now 12 months on, thanks to IT Pie, Sgil Cymru and the Welsh Government, the 28-year-old is on the road to completing his apprenticeship and becoming a fully-qualified web developer with a bright future ahead of him.

He said: “The course has been absolutely brilliant. I have received so much support and guidance from my colleagues who have taught me all the technical terms and language. It’s been great to be able to apply everything I’m learning at college to real-life situations every day.

“I finish the apprenticeship in September and will become a fully-qualified web developer. I feel like my career is finally taking off.

“I’d definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship. I didn’t even think they were available in things like web design, I thought you had to go to university to work in web development and coding, but that’s not the case. It’s been a brilliant way of gaining hands-on practical experience as well as all the relevant skills and qualifications.”

Geraint Rhys-Jones at IT Pie said: “Jaimie is a real natural at web development and regularly contributes great ideas during the design phase, ensuring the best user experience and that the websites we build are modern and engaging, using the best transitions and animations. He is also hard-working and dedicated and I’m sure he has a bright future ahead of him.”

For more information about becoming an apprentice, visit careerswales.com

The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.