Com­puter flair sees duo join IT com­pany

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - TOM BUR­NETT

ALEAD­ING ed­u­ca­tion fi­nance soft­ware com­pany has taken on two young ap­pren­tices as it con­tin­ues to ex­pand its op­er­a­tion.

HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion has re­cruited two IT and desk­top sup­port ap­pren­tices from Mac­cles­field Col­lege.

Joshua Kimpton and Jack Wilkin­son, both 18, have joined the com­pany to gain an in­sight into the in­dus­try and re­ceive on­the-job train­ing.

At the end of the 18-month ap­pren­tice­ship the pair will achieve a City and Guilds Cer­tifi­cate and Diploma for IT Users.

The pair will spend one day a week at Mac­cles­field Col­lege to study for a NVQ in IT and four days a week at HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion in Mac­cles­field where they will learn how to sup­port an IT net­work, servers and desk­tops, along with how to main­tain soft­ware within a small busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

Joshua said: “I have al­ways had a strong in­ter­est in com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy and am keen to progress with a ca­reer in IT.

“There­fore when the op­por­tu­nity came up to gain an ap­pren­tice­ship with HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion, I jumped at the chance as it will equip me with the skills and knowl­edge I need to do well in this in­dus­try.”

Jack said: “To be se­lected to join this ap­pren­tice­ship scheme is fan­tas­tic and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to learn­ing from the ex­pe­ri­enced team of tech­ni­cians at HCSS.”

HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides soft­ware so­lu­tions, train­ing and con­sul­tancy ser­vices to the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to en­sure that schools, academies and lo­cal author­i­ties have the tools, sup­port and guid­ance to en­sure ef­fec­tive fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

The busi­ness plans to make fur­ther in­vest­ment in its work­force in the com­ing months to sup­port the com­pany’s con­tin­ued growth.

It is look­ing to re­cruit for a num­ber of roles in­clud­ing a com­mer­cial and oper­a­tions di­rec­tor, a test an­a­lyst, an ac­count man­ager and a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive.

Howard Jack­son, CEO at HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion, said the com­pany had a good re­la­tion­ship with Mac­cles­field Col­lege and other ed­u­ca­tion providers.

He said: “We are ex­tremely pleased that we have been able to of­fer ap­pren­tice­ships to both Joshua and Jack.

“The pair have demon­strated de­ter­mi­na­tion, flair and a strong will­ing­ness to learn, which is great to see.

“Both are fit­ting in well with the team and I’m sure will go far.”

●● Joshua Kimpton (left) and Jack Wilkin­son have started IT ap­pren­tice­ships at HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion

●● Peter and Ge­orgie Ever­son in their hill­side gar­den

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