Gibtelecom celebrates Apprenticeship Scheme success
Gibtelecom celebrated the successful completion of the fourth year of its new communications apprenticeship programme, launched in 2008, with a graduation reception on Thursday 27 September. Eight apprentices graduated from the communications technology skills apprenticeship, and a further eight apprentices received various National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and City & Guilds certificates.
At a graduation ceremony held at the Rock Hotel Khaima, which was attended by apprentices’ families, Government Ministers, Gibtelecom personnel and other guests, the Company’s Chairman the Hon Dr Joseph Garcia presented eight apprentices with certificates marking the successful completion of their four years Gibtelecom apprenticeship scheme and the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Professional Competence for IT & Telcoms Professionals. Commenting on the success of the programme Dr Garcia spoke about how “this initiative is creating real opportunities for young people with skills to serve the ever growing communications needs of the company together and the local economy.”
Tim Bristow, Gibtelecom’s CEO, also expressed words of encouragement to the apprentices at the ceremony saying that “re-introducing a telecommunications apprenticeship scheme was the right decision, with all sixteen apprentices gaining valuable telephony and related experience throughout the different stages of the programme.” He congratulated the eight apprentices who had graduated from the scheme and added that “these skills will go a long way to serve not only Gibtelecom’s requirements but those of the wider community. As is increasingly evident society is experiencing a growing dependence on communications and technology.” He also thanked GibDock for their help with the induction programme and the Gibraltar College for their guidance and training of NVQ assessors, as well as the Department of Enterprise, Training and Employment for their support.
The apprentices who graduated at the ceremony are Stefan Agripino, Jarred Buttigieg, Richard Cruz, Jaydan Fortunato, Tyronne Garcia, Julian Sarmiento, Chad Medina and Neil Wink. The eight apprentices, who range from 20 to 24 years in age, have all been offered employment contracts with Gibtelecom following their graduation.
The Gibtelecom telecommunications apprenticeship programme lasts four years, ultimately working towards a NVQ Level 3 qualification in Communications Technologies. The first year sees apprentices spending three months completing their NVQ Level 1 qualification in basic hand and tool skills at initially GibDock. This is then followed by a six month induction programme at Gibtelecom covering every area of the business, which is topped off by a two week telecoms specific health and safety course in the UK (City & Guilds accredited). The NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 years involve a variety of practical work and handwritten portfolios, including evidence of work done, which is assessed by Gibtelecom’s qualified NVQ assessors and then externally verified by Edexcel UK. An Edexcel external verifier was so impressed with the quality of the Gibtelecom Scheme the work produced that he referred to it as “the best programme he had seen in his ten years as an assessor”.