Gibtelecom celebrates Apprenticeship Scheme success
Gibtelecom celebrated the successful completion of the third year of its communications apprenticeship programme, launched in 2008 in partnership with the Department of Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations (on behalf of the Government Gibraltar), with the award of various National Vocational Qualification certificates (NVQ) to sixteen apprentices on Wednesday 14 September 2011. The Company runs this scheme alongside its work placement, sponsored undergraduate and summer employment schemes for university students
At an award ceremony held at Gibtelecom’s Mount Pleasant training suite, the Company’s Chairman, the Hon Joe Holliday Minister for Enterprise, Development, Technology and Transport presented eight apprentices with NVQ Level 2 certificates, five apprentices with NVQ Level 1 and street works and excavation certificates and three apprentices with NVQ Level 1 certificates in recognition of their achievements. The Hon Luis Montiel, Minister for Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations, committing on the success of the programme highlighted how “this initiative is creating opportunities for young people with skills to serve the ever growing technology needs of the local economy in the future.” He also thanked GibDock for the induction programme provided over the last three years and the Gibraltar College for their guidance and training of NVQ assessors.
Tim Bristow, Gibtelecom’s CEO, also expressed words of encouragement to the apprentices at the presentation saying that “the Company definitely made the right decision in re-introducing a telecommunications apprenticeship scheme, with all sixteen apprentices gaining valuable telephony and related experience throughout the different stages of the programme. These skills will go a long way to serve not only Gibtelecom’s requirements but those of the wider business community as society shows no signs of scaling back its ever growing dependence on communications and technology.”
The Gibtelecom telecommunications apprenticeship programme lasts four years, ultimately working towards a NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Communications Technologies. The first year requires candidates to complete a three month NVQ Level 1 in basic hand skills at GibDock, followed by “on the job” structured training with Gibtelecom, including a six day health and safety course in the UK.
The first intake of apprentices: Stefan Agripino, Jarred Buttigieg, Richard Cruz, Jaydan Fortunato, Tyronne Garcia, Julian Sarmiento, Chad Medina and Neil Wink, who commenced in 2008 received their NVQ Level 2 awards. The 2009 intake: John Barabich, Jared Lavagna, Ryan Dignam, Neil Wink and Evan Payas also all passed and received their NVQ Level 1 and City & Guilds certificates in Street works, excavation and reinstatement. The 2010 intake: Craig Lima, Kairon Morillo and Michael Benitez, received their NVQ Level 1 award following completion of their induction in hand skills at GibDock.
14 September 2011