Cyrus Bryant

IT Apprentice

Tell us about yourself

I attended North Birmingham Academy where I gained 8 GCSE’s and 2 BTECs. I then progressed to sixth form to complete my A Levels but decided that this wasn’t the route for me and chose to start a Level 3 apprenticeship in IT. I chose Digital Native UK because they offered something different as they specialised in Business Intelligence and did not take large numbers of apprentices, they really worked individually with you to find the right employer.

My apprenticeship is with Anchor Computer Systems, I work closely with the project managers and directors to implement the customer Business Intelligence strategy. This includes the design and implementation of crystal reports, automated messaging, web portal testing, data extracts and decision engines, using both external resources and our own software. Lastly, I handle support calls and general enquiries where I am required to answer the telephone regularly.

I enjoy learning new things each day and attempting new tasks which I have not done before. The ability to learn and to work is great. Working in the real word has benefited me greatly as I feel like I am ahead in my career.”

What interested you about apprenticeships?

I first thought of doing an apprenticeship when I was 16 years old, I was interested in learning and earning at the same time. I ensured that I achieved all the GCSE’s that I was studying for and also gained the right attitude and mind-set. At the end of my GSCE’s the right apprenticeship was not available, so I went on to my schools sixth form.

What are your next steps after an apprenticeship?

Now I have finished, I plan to progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship with Digital Native so I can continue in my career. After a Higher Apprenticeship my aim is to study for a degree.

What advice would you give someone considering an Apprenticeship?

My advice would be to look around before committing because there are a lot of bad ones out there but there are also ones like the Apprenticeship I am on, the good ones. I would also advise to take it seriously and to ask for help if needed.”