Major demand for IT apprenticeships

Holbrook-based HA Hosting apprentice, Blake Mitchell, right, examines a  server with technical director Stuart Stones.
Holbrook-based HA Hosting apprentice, Blake Mitchell, right, examines a server with technical director Stuart Stones.
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Data centre and web hosting company founder Rory Delahoyde says he has been “staggered” by the number of applications his firm received when it decided to take on its first apprentice.

He founded Sheffield-based HA Hosting in 2008 to provides a comprehensive range of data storage, networking and cloud-based hosting systems for business.

“As demand for our services has continued to grow, we recognised that it was important to recruit additional members of staff to cope with the additional workload,” said Mr Delahoyde.

“We decided to recruit an apprentice as we felt this would help someone taking their first steps in the industry to gain experience.

“ We also saw it as an opportunity to help create new, skilled jobs in the local economy.

“We were staggered by the number of applicants that we received for the post.”

The job has gone to Blake Mitchell, aged 18.

He developed a passion for the job after he set about repairing an old, broken PC he had been given by a relative.

Blake stripped down the broken computer, identified the faulty component and rebuilt the machine.

Since then he has devoted much of his spare time to learning the basics of computer programming, building websites and even turning his hand to building his own virtual server.

“In Blake we saw someone who was clearly passionate about technology.

“Coupled with his insatiable desire and enthusiasm to learn, I’m confident that he will have a great future with the company,” said Mr Delahoyde.

Blake will learn how to look after and maintain the company’s server equipment, while working towards BTEC level 3 qualifications in ICT Systems and Principles and a diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals.

He said: “I’ve learned a lot already.

“Working with HA Hosting is not only helping me to develop my computing skills, but it’s also giving me experience of working with customers.”