James Jassie – Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprentice at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – discusses his experience with The ATP
What would you say to someone considering a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship?
“I would say to anyone who has an interest in Cyber Security that an apprenticeship is a fantastic way to learn it. It is technically challenging and there is a lot to take in—personal drive is half the battle, and having the courage to take the first steps. I would recommend you set up your personal news preferences and follow as many articles and podcasts as you can. Live it!”
What does your job involve?
“The IT department at the Trust has around 75 members and, in my team of six, I manage and control access parameters of Trust systems for approximately 75% clinical and non-clinical Trust employees. This includes IT networks and services, door access control, NHS Care Identity service registration and I provide project support, user advice and guidance and issue/query resolution.
Each NHS Trust is huge, we have numerous buildings and a large number of employees doing multitudes of different jobs in different functions, departments and locations, so the breadth and complexity of my job is huge.
As you can imagine, IT, personal and building security is crucial to any NHS Trust and I am proud to be in a position where I contribute to the safety, security and smooth running of such an important organisation where lives are saved every day.
My immediate goal is to move into the security and compliance team. After my apprenticeship is complete I would like to aim for a management position.”
How have you found your experience with The ATP?
“The ATP delivery model provides flexibility to balance studies and tasks with my busy workload. The trainers and mentors tailor the delivery to individuals – for example, I have dyslexia, and instead of submitting reams of written work my trainer proposed doing podcasts instead, which I am now very proficient at. This flexibility has really helped me progress unhindered. I love doing my apprenticeship – the work is interesting, challenging and very varied.
The level of support provided by all staff has been just right (not too intrusive) and I have always felt respected by whoever I have spoken to.
My trainer has been an absolute pleasure to learn from, he feels more like a facilitator than a trainer and clearly knows how to get the best out of his students, he clearly has lots of life experience and is very relatable.
My mentor is an absolute diamond – she is both great at mentoring me in my apprenticeship but also completely understanding when work and home life sometimes get in the way. The ATP have been great!”