You’re Hired! – Profiling Pythagoras Apprentice and Microsoft Apprentice Ambassador Kimberley Bolton

At Pythagoras we are proud of Kimberley and her achievements over the last 12 months. This blog profiles Kimberley’s progress.

Kimberley came to Pythagoras via the Microsoft Get On Programme; part of its global commitment to the next-generation, Youth Spark, and a three year initiative geared at helping 300,000 young people in the UK to ‘Get Inspired; Get Skilled; Get a Job’.

University v Apprenticeship

While University would provide Kimberley with a degree qualification and an active social life, the apprenticeship route offered the chance to gain qualifications whilst earning a wage, minimise debt, stay close to friends and family and importantly, get a ‘foot in the door’ with a ‘going places’ company offering invaluable workplace experience.

“Pythagoras is a leading Microsoft Gold partner with a diverse client base of blue chip organisations across a number of verticals – a great company to be part of. The training is provided by Firebrand and offers the fastest route to getting professional certification, with accelerated learning provided by industry-experienced professionals. For me, the opportunity was a no brainer,” said Kimberley.

In her programme with Microsoft, Pythagoras and Firebrand, Kimberley clocked up an impressive list of qualifications, including City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence, City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles and City & Guilds Level 2 Awards in Functional Skills English, Mathematics and Information Communication Technology.

And the since finishing her apprenticeship, the accolades have just kept coming. Kimberley has taken up a full-time job at Pythagoras; been the first woman to win the prestigious ‘Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014’ award in the medium sized employer category; become a Microsoft Apprentice Ambassador and graced the pages of many a newspaper and blog featuring her award and apprenticeship success.

“Being presented with the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year by Home Secretary, Theresa May and Microsoft UK’s Michel Van der Bel was an incredible experience,” Kimberley said. “Being an apprentice was the best thing I’ve ever done. Going from having no IT knowledge to winning this award has been quite a journey!”

According to Kimberley’s supervisor at Pythagoras, Richard Francis, her success is well deserved. “We’re very happy for Kimberley but it was all down to her. She joined Pythagoras with the right attitude and has maintained it all the way.”

The Future

Kimberley hopes to continue her career with Pythagoras and has her sights set on working in the IT projects team. She’s also proud to help get more women into IT as a Microsoft Apprenticeship Ambassador, helping promote the Get On Programme and demonstrate what it can lead to.

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