The Company celebrated the successful completion of the second intake of its communications apprenticeship scheme, launched in 2008, with a graduation reception at the Rock Hotel on Tuesday 1 February 2014. Five apprentices graduated with the BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals, with a further three apprentices being presented with their Level 2 intermediate BTEC certificates.
The Hon Dr John Cortes MP, Minister for Health and Environment and Acting Chief Minister on the day, presented the five graduating apprentices with their certificates marking the successful completion of their four years apprenticeship scheme with Gibtelecom, as well as their BTEC awards. Commenting on the success of the programme he spoke about how “this Gibtelecom initiative was an example of how local companies using local expertise can create opportunities for young people, especially in such a critical area for Gibraltar like the communications sector.”
Tim Bristow, Gibtelecom’s CEO, also expressed words of encouragement to the apprentices at the awards ceremony saying that “the four year programme which some started in 2008, others in 2009 and the remainder in 2010, was designed to give young people valuable telephony, IT and related experience throughout the various stages of the programme”. He congratulated the five apprentices who had graduated last year and added that “their skills will go a long way to serve not only Gibtelecom’s requirements but those of the wider community.” He also thanked GibDock for their part in the initial induction programme, and the Gibraltar College for their general guidance and training of Gibtelecom’s BTEC assessors, previously NVQ (National Vocational Qualification). The apprentices at the outset completed a three month NVQ Level 1 in basic hand skills at GibDock, followed by “on the job” structured training with Gibtelecom over four years, which included a short street works and health and safety course with British Telecom in the UK. All the graduating apprentices have taken up jobs with Gibtelecom.
The apprentices who graduated at the ceremony were John Barabich; Jared Lavagna; Ryan Dignam; Sean Recagno; and Evan Payas. They represented the second intake of apprentices, the first intake having qualified on 2012 and now in employment in various parts of the Gibtelecom organisation. The third intake, taken on in 2010 all passed and received Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Certificate as Communication Technology Practitioners. These were Craig Lima; Kairon Morillo; and Michael Benitez.
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