Apprenticeships Are Taking On New Meaning In The Digital Age | An Interview With Matt Weston

Apprenticeships Are Taking On New Meaning In The Digital Age | An Interview With Matt Weston

It’s tempting to think of apprenticeships as ‘old school’. When you ask most people what the word ‘apprentice’ conjures in their minds, the first thing they say is a long the lines of someone who takes on a trade in the building industry. As someone who comes from a long line of builders, plumbers and electricians, I have heard my fair share of the word ‘appy’ in my time.

Apprenticeships For Coders And Digital Enthusiasts

Apprenticeships in the ’20s (the two thousand and twenties) have surpassed their traditional counterparts. In days gone by, we documented everything with a pen and paper. Now, we hardly ever have to use such antiquated methods to jot down our thoughts, grocery lists or schedules. Pen and paper have been replaced by a slew of digital options, from the smartphone to the tablet, laptop and desktop computer. Similarly, the transformation from the apprenticeships of yesteryear to new, innovative and digitally based apprenticeships has forever changed the apprenticeship landscape.

While traditional apprenticeships in building, decorating, and the like are still very much alive and well, the ‘new kid on the block’ in the size and shape of the digital media apprenticeship is an exciting leap forward for those individuals who are passionate about all things digital.

Government Funding For Employers Taking On Apprentices

When I started to delve into the world of apprenticeships, I was mind-blown by the sheer diversity of opportunities available to prospective apprentices. Not only are the options for apprentices vast, but there is also government funding available to prospective employers to help fund their new hires.

This week I sat down to an interview with one such employer in digital media. I met with Matt Weston, one of the Directors of Stone’s Throw Media, a video and animation production company in Wolverhampton, to find out more about his take on apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships In Digital Media

Stone’s Throw Media is a thriving business that started in the late 2000s with Matt and Mike, who met at Wolverhampton University. Since then, the team has grown as well as Stone’s Throw’s reach which runs the length and breadth of the UK.

I asked Matt about his experience with an apprentice he took on through LearnPlay Foundation. His excitement was evident, “The enthusiasm you get from apprentices is great! Apprentices tend to appreciate the opportunity and therefore work extremely hard. That can be quite infectious to the rest of the team to have someone who’s upbeat and delighted to be there. It’s rewarding to see your apprentice grow and learn from where they start and the progression over a year or two.”

Matt continued, “It’s also great adding a team member and having government funding to help. Initially, we weren’t aware of the funding available to us for taking on an apprentice, but we soon became aware of it. Many people are dying for this kind of opportunity, and our experience taking on an apprentice has been good!”

How LearnPlay Foundation Helps Employers

When I asked Matt how working with LearnPlay Foundation had benefited Stone’s Throw Media, he responded, “LearnPlay get it! They made the process simple to navigate, for me, my team, and my apprentice. That’s the great part about working with LearnPlay Foundation – a business can easily end up with a lot of paperwork when taking on an apprentice. LearnPlay made it straightforward and took the paperwork to the stage of needing me to add my signature. From my apprentice’s side, I have only heard good things and that LearnPlay Foundation has kept it very efficient with good communication and forward-planning.”

Matt went on to say that he felt that taking on an apprentice, no matter the state of the economy, is a financial win for most companies.

What Are The Benefits of Hiring An Apprentice?

Have you considered taking on an apprentice? Yes, it can be a steep mountain to climb with regards to obtaining funding, completing copious amounts of paperwork and sanely navigating your way through what may seem endless and daunting administrative tasks. LearnPlay Foundation can help you swiftly summit these seemingly impossible tasks – we do all the heavy-lifting for you!

Contact us today by direct message or via our website to find out how we can help you to help someone who is looking for a company like yours!

Sources: A Short History of Apprenticeships In England

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