When I was looking to get into the web design and development industry, there were no courses, jobs or apprenticeships of any kind.
It was a rough ride looking for a job before I was finally lucky enough to be given a position in a company on a “trial run”.
I worked hard, initially scanning holiday properties from hundreds of holiday brochures and importing them into a content management system.
This is common in our industry, and is the only real way of learning.
Yes, there are courses on design, development, computers etc. However, the industry is so fast moving that courses often find it hard to stay relevant.
Students often have to employ their own skills of research and personal development to stay up-to-date.
Enter Mark Boulton Design.
They have offered up a fantastic apprenticeship opportunity to the people at the bottom of the ladder today.
Not only will they provide two years paid work, it’s with some of the most talented people in the industry, and are offering a fast track into the job I love so much.
This offer is something I would have torn the limbs from every other potential candidate to obtain when I was starting out.
Should more web companies be doing this?
Should universities be doing something like this rather than traditional courses?
I’d love this to become a topic of discussion that could change our industry for the better, but the chances are that nobody else will follow suit.
Either way, I wish the guys at MBD, and my brother (who will be applying) all the luck for the future, and would love to hear progress as the apprenticeship matures.