It’s National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February) so we thought we’d ask one of our current apprentices how his time at Autism Together has been…

Our charity recently took on two apprentices to work in the IT department. The IT Team have been successfully employing apprentices since 2016.

Dan Sherlock, our first IT apprentice, is still with the charity and has progressed to the role of Senior IT Technician. One previous apprentice moved on to work for an IT Service company, while another became a Mechanical Engineer for the RAF.

Matthew Bonner commenced his IT apprenticeship with us in May 2023. He was happy to share his experience of taking an apprenticeship with AT, saying:

“The reason I decided to do an apprenticeship was because I have always wanted to have an IT centered role. Venturing into an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to gain experience within an IT environment whilst also participating in off the job learning, with support from the apprenticeship provider and my employer.

“The apprenticeship so far has been good. Trying to balance workload as well as keeping on track with the apprenticeship can be tough, but I believe it will all be worth it thanks to the skills and experience that will be acquired once complete.

“The reason the apprenticeship has been so beneficial is down to a combination of the tailored learning experience along with professional development. It is providing me with a foundation for career progression and can open doors for new roles and higher-level positions with the correct knowledge and practical experience.

“Overall, my experience within Autism Together has been a pleasure. There is a supportive work culture in place to provide a sense of belonging which in turn has contributed to my overall job satisfaction and enthusiasm towards professional development. The mutual support from colleagues sharing knowledge and expertise has created a positive atmosphere, knowing that they are willing to assist when needed.”

Huge thanks to Matthew for sharing his thoughts, and we wish him and all our apprentices the very best for the future.

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and jobs with Autism Together, please call our Recruitment Team on 0151 482 3121 or visit our Jobs page.

Matthew Bonner - IT apprentice at Autism Together