Emmete Freeman is our of our graduated apprentice members, working for BT. Here she shares her experience of whats it like to be a member of the ITP:
“I joined BT as an apprentice because I was excited by telecoms: broadband is in its infancy, and there are interesting times ahead as we see how revolutions like smart networks will affect us all.
Looking back on my apprenticeship, I had some great experiences. I gained a lot of very useful qualifications, including my HNC in Business, and was privileged to attend careers fairs representing BT. I was able to help other young people make their career choices, and I felt like I was involved in the start of someone else’s journey.
After I graduated, I took up the ITP on its offer to support me through my application to gain my ICTTech. The ICTTech is a recognised industry achievement that shows everyone the level of your technical knowledge. The process was straightforward, and I now have letters after my name, which makes me very proud – it’s also helpful when applying for new roles.
Recently, I attended the ITP’s Building a 3:0 World seminar, which was really interesting and thought-provoking – I plan on attending a lot more ITP events in the future, as they are a great way of staying up to date with what is going on in telecoms, and of meeting colleagues.
Apprentices might not always think that a professional body like the ITP is for them – but it is. As well as helping me gain my ICTTech, I think the ITP offers apprentices all kinds of opportunities. You get to network, and meet people from all aross the industry. You find out about different parts of the business, and learn about aspects of telecoms that you might never find out about otherwise.
So come on apprentices – get involved!