Housing apprentices scoop prizes at Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Awards

Origin Housing and their software suppliers Pickering Software enjoyed success at the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Awards 2015, with apprentices Ismail Mulla and Joshua Castle both picking up awards.

Mulla, an IT apprentice at housing association Origin Housing was crowned runner up for the Apprentice in Enterprise Employer category, whilst Joshua, an apprentice at Pickering Software Services won the Apprentice in Small Employer category.

Mulla and Castle were chosen from the hundreds of apprentices backed by Microsoft and employed by its partner businesses like QA Apprenticeships, the Ofsted Outstanding training provider that Ismail and Joshua are currently studying with.

QA offers a range of business and IT training, including official courses from some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, professional bodies and leading vendors, providing individuals with programmes to help develop their career.

Pickering Software Services are specialists in data analysis and system migration, offering solutions for printing and merging needs.
James Berger, IT trainer and support supervisor at Origin Housing, said: “We are delighted with Ismail’s fantastic achievement, having being shortlisted and named a runner up at these prestigious awards.

“As a housing association, winning an award for IT when up against much larger companies is a huge accomplishment. Ismail has gone above and beyond our expectations during his time at Origin, and we are confident he will secure a post within the organisation at the end of his apprenticeship.”

The Microsoft Apprenticeship Programme, in partnership with a network of training providers such as QA Apprenticeships, aims to provide the relevant training and skills to young people in the UK to help them succeed in the workplace. Microsoft works with businesses within its partner businesses to deliver these apprenticeships, a programme that has now seen over 7000 young people placed with around 5000 companies over the last five years.

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