FY16 Apprentice Graduation

Our FY16 apprentices have just recently graduated, so we thought we would get their opinions on their journey as an apprentice at Microsoft. This is what they had to say: Sophie Ware So, after 18 months in a Partner Sales role at Microsoft, I’ve completed my apprenticeship and have …

Apprentice Marketing Role Profile: Digital Marketing

Name: Anna McCormick Previous Education Path: 6 Years in High School Apprentice Qualifications: I am a Digital Marketing apprentice studying to gain qualifications in SCQF Level 6 Digital Marketing and SCQF Level 6 Digital Applications. Job Title: Digital Marketing Apprentice Where are you based: Edinburgh, Waverley Gate Brief Description of …

Apprentice Role Profile: Communications and Marketing Manager

Name: Katie Rose Bradbury Previous education path: I studied: English Language, Biology and Psychology A-Level at Henley College. Description of Apprentice Qualification: I’m doing a Degree Apprenticeship; I study for a degree in Business Leadership and Management whilst working at Microsoft. If you’re wondering how it works – I …

Apprentice Role Profile: Support Engineer

Name: Ruby Bedford Previous education path: Before Microsoft, I attended Reading Blue Coat School where I completed my A-Levels in ICT, History and PE. I loved school, but as everyone else in my year started to think about going to university, it dawned on me that it wasn’t what …

Apprentice to Full Time Employee: Luke Lloyd on his time at Microsoft so far…

I went to Queens Marys College in Basingstoke, where I studied A-Levels in English Language, Maths and Sport and Exercise Science. During my time at college I was unsure around what I wanted to do when I finished my qualifications, so I started to explore the world of apprenticeships. It …

Sometimes #BeYourBest means helping others be theirs

Apprentices Get Involved with LaunchPad for Brathay Challenge This week the Microsoft FY16 Apprentices have been working hard with Homeless Support Charity Launchpad as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. For 35 years, Launchpad have been helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. …

Apprentice Year Reflection - Nicole Ryle

Was joining the Microsoft Apprenticeship Scheme a good decision? YES. I didn’t realise how much this programme would help me develop as a person, but it really has. As apprentices, each day we are put out of our comfort zones, we learn new things and we grow as people. …

Apprentice Role Insight - Data Operations Apprentice

Name: Sania Samad Role: Data Operations Apprentice Department: Marketing & Operations Location: TVP Background Information I completed my GCSE’s and A Levels at Collingwood College. During GCSE I studied the compulsory subjects and also; OCR IT, Business, French and Humanities. My favourite out of my options would have to …

Apprentice Role Insight - Enterprise Marketing

Name: Georgie Bartley Role: Enterprise Marketing Apprentice Department: Enterprise Marketing, M&O (Marketing & Operations) Location: TVP Background Information Hi! My name is Georgie, and I am 19 years old. Fresh out of secondary school after studying for my GCSEs and A-levels, I was so excited to be working …

Apprentice Role Insight - Software Support Engineer

Name: Sam Whaley Role: Software Support Engineer Department: CSS (Customer Services & Support) Location: Thames Valley Park, Reading. Background Information Microsoft has always been an inspirational company to me and I was lucky enough to find out about the apprenticeship scheme when it was first launched back in 2014. Even …

Apprentice Role Profile - Business Investment Funds

Name: Sophie Ware Role: Business Investment Funds Apprentice Department: SMS&P Location: Thames Valley Park Background Information After I left school at 16, I went to college for two years and studied English, Business and ICT A-Levels. At 18, despite all my friends moving away, I decided that University …

Apprentice Role Profile - Microsoft Technology Centre

Name: Robson Smith Role: Lab and Support Engineer Department: Microsoft Technology Centre Location: Thames Valley Park I attended Aylesford School Sports College in Kent where I studied Media Studies, Sociology Additional Science and ICT for my GCSEs. Ever since I was little I had a passion for Technology and computers. …

Day in the Life of an Apprentice - Part 2

This post is a collaboration of day in the life articles, written by some of the FY16 Apprentices Sania Samad I wake up for work at 7am, get changed into business casual clothes and leave for work. From Bracknell it only takes me 20 minutes to drive in (as long …

A Day in the Life of an Apprentice - Part 1

This post is a collaboration of day in the life articles, written by some of the FY16 Apprentices Nicole Ryle My job role is not customer facing therefore I do not have to dress smartly, instead I opt for smart casual! Most days I wear jeans, a nice jumper and …

Apprentice Role Profile - Support Engineer

Name: Joe Hardie Role: Support Engineer Department: Customer Services & Support Location: TVP, Reading Background Information I went to Highdown school in Reading, I enjoyed my time at school and did quite well in my GCSEs but when I found out about the apprenticeship scheme at Microsoft, I knew I …

Apprentice Role Insight - Consulting Apprentice

Here, here! One of our fantastic Apprentices has kindly taken the time to give all readers of the BeYourFuture blog an insight into his role inside one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, and how he got here... Name: Jacob McQuillan Role: Consulting Apprentice Department: Microsoft Services Location: …

Apprentice Role Profile - Business Program Manager

Nicole Ryle Role Business Program Manager Apprentice Department: Services Location: TVP I went to Theale Green Secondary School where I completed my GCSEs and A-Levels. At GCSE level I took all of the compulsory subjects as well as: PE, Media Studies, Business Studies and German. All of which I thoroughly …

Apprentice Role Profile - Sean Phelps

Name: Sean Phelps Role: Product Marketing Manager (Apprentice) Department: Application and Services Marketing Location: TVP Me, Myself and I I went to school at St Crispin’s in Wokingham where I studied A-Levels in Media Studies, English Literature and Language and PE. I really enjoyed school but knew that university …

Luke Lloyd - Apprentice in UK Services

Hi all, my name is Luke…and I am part of Microsofts first ever Apprenticeship programme. The scheme runs for 18 months, and splits into two separate streams…Technical and business management. The latter of which I am on. It is a great opportunity to gain some valuable work experience …

Megan Hampton - Apprentice Project Administrator

Role Title: Project Administrator, MCS. Hello everyone, I’m an apprentice for Microsoft UK working in the services department – the last 5 months have been nothing other than mind-blowing. I was originally living near Wolverhampton and made the decision to move down to Reading for the apprenticeship programme, I can …

Emma Oxley - Apprentice in Marketing

My Apprenticeship Role My name is Emma and my role sits within the marketing department which targets Microsoft Partners. I have been in my role for about 6 months now and honestly think I’ve learnt so much more than I ever did whilst I was still in education. This …

Apprentice Diaries - Helping Run Major Events

by Matt Shaw Apprentice Job Title: Partner Marketing Executive As an apprentice you mightexpect that my job is just to make tea and file –thankfullyyou’d be wrong! As a Microsoft apprentice I am given just as much responsibility as other employees within Microsoft. Within my role as …

Abbie Sweeney - Technical Apprentice

Job Role: Support Engineer-Technical Apprentice In my role as a support engineer I support Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Basically my day-to-day job involves communicating with customers to help them and us understand their what their issue is. We then troubleshoot the problem to try and find a solution …

Kane McDougall - Apprentice in Sales

Role: Apprentice – EPG Sales Excellence Team, Microsoft Hi, my name’s Kane and I’m an apprentice in the Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) at Microsoft. I’ve been here for 5 months now and can honestly say that I couldn’t imagine doing anything I’d enjoy more. My Role …

Matt Shaw - Apprentice in Marketing

Matt Shaw Job Title: Partner Marketing Executive What do I do? My team are called MPN (Microsoft partner network) we do business to business advertising and try to get other businesses to sell Microsoft products. My role is a really diverse one, in the first month our team put on …

What is a Microsoft Apprenticeship scheme?

by Harriet Richardson Apprentice in HR. The Microsoft apprenticeship scheme is an 18 month program based in Reading. There are two branches that you can apply to, which are the Business stream and the Technical stream. As well as gaining invaluable work experience, you also gain a qualification after 12months …