James’s work experience

Work background…

My name is James Hendry. This is a snippet of my time during my work experience at The Apprentice Store.

I reached out to The Apprentice store after doing my first year at Moray UHI. I was looking to gain valuable experience within the IT sector. David Massey, the Managing Director, kindly got back to me and offered me this opportunity. After a good discussion, he asked me to have a think about which area I would like to work in. I chose to work within the Web Dev team. The experience was delivered to me in a way that gave me power over how I worked. This gave me the chance to work both in the office and remotely. This is something I would never have done after years in engineering. I believe this was important as more companies are looking at remote working, so getting this mixture was great.

And so it begins…

I was excited about starting my placement. This was a step in the right direction to changing my career after being made redundant from my previous job.

My first week at The Apprentice Store was delivered online. It was a welcomed change and I was excited to work from home. I was welcomed by Declan the Operations Manager who gave me a small induction and made me feel at ease. My main task for the first week was to research a set of questions for David. The questions David had set were hugely important to web dev and researching them was great. The web dev team Ryan M, Ryan G, Michael and Laura were all on hand to assist if I needed any help with them. I came away from this exercise with a great document full of information that I can refer to going forward. Here is a picture of one of the research subjects from my document:

WooCommerce work.

This leads on to a meeting with David who went over my answers with me. We chose questions that I was slightly unsure about which prompted David to provide me with a very detailed answer. Moreover, it allowed me to further my knowledge.

On to the next task…

My days from here on were mainly focused on building a website with WordPress. David had given me The Seaboard Centre as a project.

WordPress is brilliant but has a huge amount to get your head around. However, I wasn’t fazed by this as I love to learn. I had dived into learning about everything from plugins to child themes and so much more. I looked at Html, CSS, PHP all of which are aspects of WordPress. During the creation of my small site Ryan M, Laura, Michael and Ryan G were all on hand to help. During my days the team would give me certain things to look at and use like the WordFence security plugin. The following are snippets of my site:

The Seaboard Centre work, home page.
The Seaboard Centre work, welcome text.

Having never used WordPress before but I was impressed with what was achievable. I now am eager to continue learning more about it. I have purchased a WordPress course so that I may be able to continue studying the inner workings of WordPress.

Onwards and upwards…

Going forward it’s sad to leave The Apprentice Store as I have enjoyed my time massively here.

I have gained a far better knowledge of Web development and the power of WordPress which I want to expand. The staff including “lucy the dog” are all brilliant and friendly and would help with any of my issues. The opportunity I had with The Apprentice Store team definitely make the transition to a new career and future achievable.

A final thank you from James.

I’d like to thank David and his team for having me. They gave me the opportunity to learn from them and it will help me on my journey.

The Apprentice Store wanted to thank James for taking the time to work with us and we wish him all the best for his future in IT. The team look forward to hearing how James gets on with his new course and where it will take him.

Final goodbye to Castle House.

New move, new chapter

At the beginning of July, The Apprentice Store moved to a new office following the organisation’s continued growth and marking the next chapter.

Offering web development and design, IT support, and IT cybersecurity, The Apprentice Store is a full-service IT company.

The Apprentice Store, now five years old, recently welcomed Donald Buchanan, Ryan Geldart, and Laura Kirk, taking the team to 12. Ryan Geldart has been hired as a web development apprentice, Donald is providing finance and admin support and in another new role, Laura as a digital marketing apprentice.

The Apprentice Store is proud to be welcoming new colleagues into a new and bigger canal-side office in Inverness. 

The move is yet another milestone in a busy five years since the social enterprise was founded. Other highlights include the acquisition of leading web development business Lanetech and the Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation Award which was presented by Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney in 2019.

Now with a strong client portfolio with the majority of business obtained through client referral, the reputation of The Apprentice Store both for its breadth of IT services and excellence in customer service, extends throughout the Highlands and beyond.

Now settled into its new office, the team at The Apprentice Store is ready to support businesses of all sizes across the UK.

Get in touch on 01463 572042 or support@theapprenticestore.co.uk to see how we can help your business.

Follow The Apprentice Store on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their website for updates and more.

Visit the team at the new office at Unit 3, 7a Canal Road, Inverness IV3 8NF. The team would be delighted to welcome existing and new clients to join them in the next part of their journey.