Wakefield IT Firm Expands

Wakefield based business IT specialists, Bellingham IT have boosted their team of support technicians with the recruitment of a second apprentice.

Matthew Harris, aged 18, from Alverthorpe, Wakefield joins the company from New College Pontefract where he has recently achieved top marks in a triple IT BTEC course.

Bellingham IT provide high quality bespoke IT advice and implementation for SMEs. In October 2014 they took on their first apprentice in Ellis Ingham who has since completed his apprenticeship.

MD of Bellingham IT, Paul Heigham, comments:

“Apprenticeships fit our company’s ethos. For me, it’s about developing young people and giving them opportunities. The technology sector is very hands-on and as young people pick up new things very quickly, apprenticeships are a good way for them to learn.”

The company had a good response to their apprenticeship with Matthew standing out from other applicants for his past work experience as a part-time crew member at McDonalds and his varied out of work interests.“The right attitude is absolutely everything as is past work experience in a retail environment which shows customer service and team working skills plus a good work ethic. Matthew is also practically minded, easy to get along with and has an interest in technology without being a geek!

“His apprenticeship will be focussed on Cisco networks, which, with Ellis going down the Windows and Microsoft route, means we have both sides of the business covered,” explained Paul.

Matthew was attracted to the apprenticeship with Bellingham IT because it provided an alternative to university and a means of learning that was more suited to him and left him debt-free.

“I didn’t want to spend several thousands of pounds doing a course at university which I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy. I realised I am more of a practical, hands-on type of learner and the apprenticeship was the best way for me to go,” he commented.

“At college I covered all aspects of IT giving me the basics which is a good place to build from.”

Outside of Bellingham IT’s office in Unity Works, Westgate, Matthew can be found at football, either playing for newly formed Sunday league team, Wakefield Owls or supporting Leeds United.

He is also a keen musician having played the trumpet for 11 years in Wakefield Youth Orchestra, Wakefield Youth Brass Band and Wakefield Youth Symphony.