We spoke with The Lowry’s IT Apprentice Caleb about his role within our IT Department. Here’s what he had to say!
Tell us about your role at The Lowry.
I’m the IT Apprentice in the IT department at The Lowry, working on my Infrastructure Engineer apprenticeship.
What do you enjoy about working here?
I enjoy the fact that there is always something going on at The Lowry. For example, we recently had Britain’s Got Talent filming here and so The Lowry IT department also had to help in setting up. Then there are the exhibitions in the gallery that we also help with. There’s very rarely a time when you’re not busy here between all the normal daily things that need to be done in addition with the events, conferences and everything else going on.
What tasks do you get up to on a day to day basis?
The first thing I do when I get it is check my work emails, since that is where most requests and questions are sent. While not working any requests that have been sent in I help maintain the IT infrastructure of the company, whether this be maintaining equipment, updating computers (both hardware and software) or setting up for special events.
How did you get into the apprenticeship? What experience did you have before coming here?
After college I went to university to study computer science since I was interested in computers. While I enjoyed my time there and found what I learnt interesting, I didn’t fancy programming as a prospective career. I got a job working for a children’s charity in Bolton while working on a Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualification before travelling to South Korea to teach English for a year. While over there I was able to spend some time thinking about what I wanted to do in the future. I was pretty determined to still work with technology and computers, but not programming, and so when I returned to the UK I started applying for IT apprenticeships and was lucky enough to find this one.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into an apprenticeship?
If someone was wanting to do an apprenticeship, I would suggest picking an apprenticeship that covers an area of interest for you, such as technology and computers for me, and doing some research on what paths are available to you after you complete your apprenticeship. It also never hurts to look at reviews of the place you’re apply at.